Vettel verdict given by Red Bull’s Marko after Ferrari controversy involving Leclerc | F1 | Sport


Sebastian Vettel retired from the Russian Grand Prix with an engine problem but it wasn’t without controversy.

The Ferrari driver and former F1 world champion ignored team orders on several occasions to let team-mate Charles Leclerc overtake him.

Sebastian Vettel was in front of his team-mate as a result of a strategy agreed upon before the race.

Leclerc opened up on what had been discussed at Ferrari in Sochi before lights out.

“The agreement was very simple,” Leclerc said. “I had to give the slipstream to Seb at the beginning, let him past at the second corner for us to be first and second and then to swap back.”

Vettel was more coy in his response when asked about the strategy though.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” he said. “We had an agreement. I spoke with Charles before the race and I think it was quite clear but maybe I missed something. We will speak later.”

And Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko believes Vettel no longer has a future at Ferrari after the Russian Grand Prix.

He said: “Ferrari has managed to not win with the fastest car.

“And although he was the fastest man, they sacrificed Sebastian.

“He has no future at Ferrari anymore.”

Earlier this month Marko spoke on the possibility of Vettel returning to Red Bull one day.

Marko said: “I have no idea what Vettel’s future is. We had some wonderful years together, but we have our four drivers. Vettel has no relevance for us.”

Meanwhile former F1 champions Jacques Villeneuve has backed Vettel.

He told Sky Italia: “They didn’t have to tell Vettel to return the place immediately like that.

“They then spent the rest of the race thinking about how to put Leclerc back in front. Karma punished them in the end.

“Vettel was faster today and deserved to stay ahead.”

F1 returns in a couple of weeks with the Japanese Grand Prix which gets underway at 6.10am UK time.


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