Leclerc calls himself an a**hole after Vettel crash

Date published: July 12 2020

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has branded himself an a**hole after causing a double-DNF when he crashed into team-mate Sebastian Vettel on Lap 1 of the Styrian GP.

On the run up to Turn 3 Leclerc had a look down the inside of his team-mate, but would launch his SF1000 over the kerbs into Vettel’s car.

Heavy damage to the side and rear wing for Vettel’s Ferrari meant he was forced to retire when both drivers came into the pits, whilst Leclerc called time on his afternoon on Lap 5 due to the damage.

And Leclerc fully accepted the blame, even calling himself an a**hole, very much taking it to heart like we saw after he crashed out of qualifying in Baku last year.

On his official Twitter account, Leclerc added: “I am disappointed in myself. I’m sorry but being sorry is not enough.

“Seb hasn’t got any faults today. I’ve let the team down after them working a whole week to bring the updates early.

“Too eager to gain those places in the first lap. I will learn from it.”

Vettel agreed that it was Leclerc’s fault, saying he was “surprised” that his younger team-mate attempted the move.

“I was fighting two other cars, we were already three cars into turn three, and I was very surprised,” he told Sky F1.

“I was not expecting Charles to try something. I don’t think there was any space.

“A big pity and something we should avoid, but not much I could have done differently.

“I was taking it easy and conservative because it was already very busy and tight. I don’t think there was space, that’s why I think we collided.

“The car felt a lot better. It’s a shame for the update it would’ve been nice to get a race distance in.”

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