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.
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.
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) July 12, 2020
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.”