Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was left embarrassed while answering a fan’s question after Sebastian Vettel interjected and said something he wasn’t supposed to say.
The incident took place in the run-up to the 2020 Italian Grand Prix and was revealed in episode four of season three of Netflix’s Drive To Survive (DTS) F1 docuseries, which was released earlier this month.
Leclerc was asked by a fan about his plans to launch a clothing line, and Vettel interrupted to explain that Ferrari had derailed the project.
“Oh, uh, well, at the end, for now, it’s on standby. It’s something I really want to do and it’s something I think I will keep in mind for the future,” Leclerc told the fan.
“He’s not allowed. That’s why it’s not happening,” Vettel interrupted.
“Because we have a partner, so he was told off,” he added, while pointing to the Puma logo on his Ferrari shirt.
“I’m not supposed to say that but I’m leaving at the end of the year, so I can say what I want, you know?”
Other F1 teams have a similar policy on drivers launching their own clothing lines and other merch, though a select few, such as Sir Lewis Hamilton, have more leeway negotiated into their contract.