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Beyond the sanitary measures that it has taken the World of Formula 1 and the movement of pilots for the next season, almost all the attention is on Ferrari, where the competitiveness of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc has multiplied the points of friction that already left us a glimpse of the last season when they showed their disagreement by some team orders. The last incident staged in the Grand Prix of Styria, in Austria this past weekend. A touch between the two on a curve ruined the career of the team in italy and let them out of the race at the first change. From the rest of the pits observed stunned the indiscipline of both pilots in what they consider that it is a ambition misunderstood and ensure that you do not accept it in your computer.
this is Not the first nor the last time that the rivalry is overflowing in a same box, especially in Ferrari . Legendary are the divots between Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi in 1982 or Vettel and Mark Webber in 2013, even though other teams have also suffered from the voracity of their pilots, as in Williams with Reuteman and Alan Jones in 1981, in Renault with Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux in 1982, in the Red Bull with Ricciardo and Verstappen two years ago, or at McLaren with Prost and Ayrton Senna in 1989 or with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in 2007. Precisely, the team’s british is not willing to have it happen again the same thing now that you have two riders of great level, as Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris .
” The pilots are very competitive . They have to be, and it is clear that they have the ego very big. Need to get away. But as soon as the ego of a pilot hamper the interests of the team, I would take it as something personal”, threat Andreas Seidl , head of the team McLaren, which does not even want to imagine that I could spend the same as Ferrari’s. “ allow Them to compete freely , and not meddle as a team, always and when there is a clear reason for change of position due to different strategies or due to different performance of their cars,” he says.
The good relationship, the key
anyway, McLaren is confident in the good relationship between the spaniard and the british, something that make it quite apparent in the social networks. The same is not true in the box of the Prancing horse. The expiloto Eddie Irvine , who raced for Maranello in the decade of the nineties, believes that “Ferrari should have been paid to Vettel for not participating this year”, after the “Scuderia” user decided not to renew and confirm the signing of Carlos Sainz for the next season. This snub and that the four-time champion is second on the team behind Leclerc make him dangerous, unpredictable, and “destructive” , according to Irvine.