Brawn: Vettel or Leclerc must take responsibility

Date published: November 19 2019

Ross Brawn: Vettel or Leclerc must take responsibility

Ross Brawn says either Sebastian Vettel or Charles Leclerc need to hold up their hand over Sunday’s collision in order to calm tensions at Ferrari.

The Ferrari team-mates collided during the Brazilian Grand Prix, both cars suffering race-ending damage.

Vettel blamed Leclerc for the incident while the Monégasque driver believed his team-mate gave him the squeeze.

Their reaction to their crash was very different to Lewis Hamilton’s with Alexander Albon with the reigning World Champion immediately accepting the blame.

Brawn reckons one of the Ferrari drivers must do the same.

“I wouldn’t want to venture an opinion on who was most at fault for the collision,” the F1 sporting boss told RaceFans.net.

“But in the cold light of day, maybe it would be good if one of them will follow Hamilton’s example and immediately admit culpability, as the champion did regarding his clash with Albon.”

He added: “It’s never nice when team-mates knock one another out of a race, even more so when it’s not even a particularly important result that goes begging, as in this case, third place in Brazil was the most they could aspire to.”

Brawn is not envious of the task that now awaits Mattia Binotto as the Ferrari team boss once again tries to calm the situation between his drivers.

“After tensions flared in the races following the summer break, everything seemed to have calmed down in the Ferrari dressing room.

“But now, Mattia Binotto faces the tough task of getting things back on track and indeed he said just that in his interviews after the race.

“He had to get stuck in and tell the drivers to face up to their responsibilities, which in Maranello always means putting the interests of the team ahead of those of the individual, which was not the case in yesterday’s race.”

Brawn says the Italian needs to get his drivers in hand if Ferrari want any chance of beating Mercedes to the 2020 titles.

“If Ferrari really wants to put an end to Mercedes’ dominance, not only does it need to provide its drivers with a more competitive car next year, it must also ensure that incidents like this one are not repeated,” he concluded.

“Formula 1 is a team sport, especially so in Maranello.”

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