Leclerc blame himself for Vettel first lap collision in Styrian GP
Ferrari teammates out of Styrian Grand Prix
Spielberg, Austria : Ferrari teammates Sebestian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided on the opening lap of Styrian Grand Prix, forcing both out of the race. Following the unfortunate collision, Charles Leclerc has take the blame for the collision with Ferrari team mate Vettel on the opening lap of the Austrian GP that forced both drivers out of the race.
Leclerc, starting in 14th, attempted to overtake Vettel, four places ahead of him on the grid, at the third corner on the opening lap, but instead collided with his team mate.
The force of the impact ripped the rear wing off Vettel’s Formula 1 car and he was forced to retire at the end of the first lap.
Following a short safety car period, Leclerc attempted to carry on, but he was unable to continue due to the damage sustained in the accident.
It mark the second time in four races that both Ferrari have retired due to a collision between Leclerc and Vettel.
Speaking on Sky Sports after retiring from the race, Leclerc was quick to take the blame for the collision and confirmed he had already apologized to Vettel.
“Obviously excuses are not enough in times like this. I’m just disappointed in myself” Leclerc said “I’ve done a very bad job today. I’ve let the team down. I can only be sorry, even though that’s it not enough. I hope I’ll learn from this and we come back stronger from the next races”
Vettel said he was surprised to see Leclerc try and overtake given the tight nature of the corner and the fact other cars were also battling for the position.
He said “I was fighting two other cars , we were already three cars into Turn 3, and was very surprised because I went up the inside, and i was not expecting Charles to try something”
“I don’t thing there was any space . Obviously a big pity, something we should avoid, but not much that I could have done differently”