November 23, 2019 / 7:02 PM / 17 days ago

Ferrari say they have cleared the air after Brazil collision

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan - October 13, 2019. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel after the race. REUTERS/Issei Kato

(Reuters) - Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have cleared the air after a Brazilian Grand Prix collision that put both of them out of the penultimate race of the Formula One season, the team said.

Team boss Mattia Binotto said after the race at Interlagos that there would be a review with the drivers at the Maranello factory to go through what went on and how to prevent any recurrence.

“Since last Sunday Mattia and the drivers have spoken every day, as they would normally do anyway, so there was no official summit nor video conference,” a Ferrari spokeswoman said.

“Air is now fully cleared and we are focusing on Abu Dhabi.”

The collision between the young charger and a four times world champion, who have been battling for supremacy this season, provided a major talking point at Interlagos.

“They know that silly mistakes are still silly mistakes. What happened today is a shame for the team,” Binotto said at the time.

The final race of the season at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina is next week, with both championships already won by Mercedes for an unprecedented sixth season in succession.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his sixth title in Texas this month.

Ferrari are sure of second place in the constructors’ championship.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris

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