Leclerc Says His Relationship With Vettel Was Good Even Amid On-Track Drama

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were team-mates at Ferrari for two seasons.

After enduring his worst season in Formula One this year, Sebastian Vettel will be hoping for a much stronger campaign in 2021 with Aston Martin Racing.

It will also be interesting to see how he gets on with his new team-mate, Lance Stroll – whose billionaire father owns the team – and who will emerge as the number one driver at the end of the season.

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Speaking after Vettel’s final race with Ferrari, his former team-mate Charles Leclerc hailed the four-time World Champion’s professionalism, saying he never let on-track incidents affect their relationship.

“I think he’s one of the few drivers in the paddock that manage to keep a difference between what’s happened in the car and the person outside the car,” Leclerc, who has a new Ferrari team-mate in the form of Carlos Sainz, said this week.

“That meant that the relationship was always good, even when sometimes on track it was difficult.

“I’ve grown so much as a person thanks to him, having him next to me was also an example for me to follow.

“He welcomed me in the best way possible. I really, really enjoyed being team-mate for two years with him,” Leclerc added.

There were several instances of on-track drama between the two Ferrari drivers, most notably at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix when they collided and earlier this year in Austria.

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Vettel’s refusal to follow team orders at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix also upset Leclerc, but the German ultimately didn’t finish the race due to a mechanical failure.

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