Ferrari implodes as Leclerc and Vettel collide and retire from Styrian GP

Following a first-lap collision between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, both drivers were forced to withdraw from the race due to the damage their cars suffered.And although Leclerc's magical driving last weekend during the Austrian GP earned the Italian team a second-place finish, Sunday's drop out compounded a tough start to the season.After its cars struggled for speed during qualifying for the Austrian GP, Ferrari fast-tracked upgrades to its cars, which had been originally scheduled for July 19, in the hopes of improving its chances.But after watching his cars struggle for speed for the second weekend in a row, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the team must "change this state of affairs.""A really disappointing day," he said after qualifying for the Styrian GP. "We have to accept that the stopwatch doesn't ever lie. In two qualifying sessions, albeit in different conditions, we have not been competitive, not only against those who have been our closest rivals over the past few years, but also against others, who up to yesterday were generally behind us.""We worked very hard to bring updates to the car earlier than planned, but they didn't show their worth on track."READ: 'I was 25 years ahead of my time': The driver who shattered motorsport's color barrierLeclerc retires from the Styrian GP.

'Excuses are not enough'

In the pouring rain during qualifying, while Lewis Hamilton drove masterfully to earn himself pole position — which he converted into a nearly 14-second victory in Sunday's GP — Ferrari's drivers struggled.Despite the changes made to the SF1000 car — which Vettel said was like a "different car" — Vettel and Leclerc finished 10th and 11th respectively, meaning Ferrari didn't have anyone inside the first six places on the starting grid for the second straight week.The incident between Vettel and Leclerc took place on turn three of the opening lap, as Leclerc tried to slip past his teammate on the inside, only for the German to narrow the gap and make contact.Vettel's rear wing was held on by barely a thread and Leclerc's front wing and floor were baRead More – Source




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