Styrian Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc both retired early from Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix after they collided at Turn 3.
Both Ferrari drivers retired early from the Styrian Grand Prix, following a first lap collision between their two drivers.
Approaching Turn 3, Sebastian Vettel was in front but was squeezed by the Williams of George Russell on the outside. Charles Leclerc, coming from behind, tried to lunge up the inside, but misjudged the moment and slid sideways into his teammate.
Leclerc’s Ferrari mounted Vettel’s, resulting in Vettel’s rear wing falling off. Sebastian returned to the pits immediately and came straight back to retire. Charles Leclerc pitted for checks, fell down to last, but was called in to retire just four laps later.
Speaking to media afterwards, Vettel said: “I was very surprised because I was on the inside and I wasn’t expecting Charles to try something. I don’t think there was space.”
Leclerc said: “I apologised to Sebastian. Excuses are not enough in times like this. I am disappointed in myself, I’ve done a bad job today and let the team down. I am sorry, although I know it’s not enough. I will learn from this and come back stronger. The team don’t need that, and I put all their thoughts in the bin. I was too optimistic in that situation.”
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 12, 2020