McLaren want Ferrari’s ‘luxury’ driver problem

Date published: November 24 2019

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Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc may have caused a headache down at Ferrari after their crash in Brazil, but McLaren can’t wait to have that “luxury” problem.

The Ferrari duo were in pursuit of Alex Albon at Interlagos before they began squabbling between themselves, a squabble which ended with the pair making contact and both retiring from the race.

Team principal Mattia Binotto was adamant that these “silly” errors can’t continue and summoned both drivers to Ferrari’s HQ in Maranello – the talks reportedly went well with all parties now focused on the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

McLaren are another team who in the partnership of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris are managing a new pairing for 2019, but the story couldn’t be more different with both drivers striking up a fantastic working and social relationship, while their talents on-track have secured P4 in the Constructors’ for McLaren.

Ultimately though the team want to be back among the likes of Ferrari battling for wins, and McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl looks forward to having the “luxury” problem of controlling Sainz and Norris as they tussle for victory in the future.

“It is obviously a challenge to handle two drivers who are at the same level,” Seidl is quoted by Autosport.com.

“And when it’s about fighting for podiums and wins, it’s getting even harder.

“At the same time, I’m looking forward to having these luxury problems at some point in the future. Of having two drivers that fight for podiums or wins, and then having the challenge to deal with this as a team.”

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