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Leclerc accepts blame for Styrian clash with teammate Vettel

  • Published on 12 Jul 2020 16:04
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Charles Leclerc has taken the blame for his clash with teammate Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap of the Styrian Grand Prix.

The duo came together at Turn 3 after Leclerc mounted the inside kerb, which launched his car into Vettel who was to his left.

Speaking after the race, Leclerc said that he apologised to Vettel after seeing him in the media pen following the double retirement.

“Well I apologised. Obviously, excuses are not enough in times like this. I'm just disappointed in myself,” Leclerc said.

“I've done a very bad job today, I've let the team down. I can only be sorry even though I know it's not enough, I hope I will learn from this and come back stronger for the next races. 

“It's a tough time for the team, we don't need that, the team doesn't need that and I put all the efforts of the team in the bin. I'm very sorry but it's not enough again.”

Vettel stated he was surprised to find Leclerc launching an attack through the corner, as the German was already going three-wide with a Racing Point and a Haas car.

“I was fighting two other cars, we were already three cars into Turn 3,” Vettel said. “I was very surprised, I had the inside and I was not expecting Charles to try something. 

“I don't think there was any space. Obviously it's a big pity, it's something we should avoid but [there's] not much I could have done differently. I was just taking it easy and conservative because it was already very busy.

“It's a hairpin, it's very tight, and just trying to place my car for the next straight but by then I realized that I had quite a lot of damage on the front. I don't think there was space, that's why we collided.”

Ferrari brought upgrades to the weekend after a difficult opening round to the year last weekend, with Vettel labelling the scenario as a shame as it did not collect any race data heading to Hungary.

“That is a shame, it was a bonus to come here with the same track and also today is very similar in terms of the conditions,” Vettel said.

“But we will not get that answer I'm afraid, the car felt a lot better on Friday and back to where it was last week, up to the point where it went in the wrong direction. It's a shame for the updates because we would have liked to get the laps to see where the car is.”

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  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 191

    In this clash KMAG was hit when Vettel was pushed out in the corner.
    This damaged his race.

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    • Jul 12 2020 - 18:19
    • f1ski

      Posts: 726

      so it prevented him from finishing 4th from last?

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      • Jul 12 2020 - 21:01
  • The good news is that Seb is leaving the Italian circus.

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    • Jul 12 2020 - 18:43
  • Good for Leclerc taking responsability

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    • Jul 12 2020 - 20:38
    • Always so humble. It was a daft move, but I no doubt think he regrets it.

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      • Jul 12 2020 - 22:36
    • abhidbgt

      Posts: 283

      Sebastian is so prone to making mistakes these days that when I saw in timing screens him falling to the bottom I immediately thought not again. Then replays brought a sense of relief that it wasn't him this time around. :D

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      • Jul 13 2020 - 10:04
    • must admit I felt the same.

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      • Jul 13 2020 - 10:10

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