Ferrari may repeat their start tactics from the Russian Grand Prix in tomorrow’s race, despite the arrangement leading to a dispute between its two drivers last time.
In Sochi Ferrari arranged for pole sitter Charles Leclerc to help team mate Sebastian Vettel overtake Lewis Hamilton by giving him a tow. Vettel also passed Leclerc for the lead as he did, and under their agreement he was supposed to let Leclerc pass him again.
However Vettel ignored a series of instructions from the team to relinquish the lead. He later admitted he had been “wrong” to stay ahead.
This weekend’s race offers an opportunity for Ferrari to use similar tactics. Like Sochi the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez features a long, flat-out run to the first corner, and the Ferraris are expected to qualify strongly.
Leclerc said the team will discuss its arrangements for the start and the drivers are prepared to go along with whatever they order. “First of all, I think we need to do a good position in qualifying both of us and then we’ll see how it goes. But we haven’t discussed a plan.
“We’ll be doing what the team asks so yes, of course, if they ask us to do so it will be done.”
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However following his first-lap collision with Max Verstappen at Suzuka, Leclerc is prepared to be more restrained at the start of the race this weekend.
“I think in the first corner it was probably useless to take so much risk. I lost quite a bit of points. It was just a shame, it was probably unnecessary.
“Whether I would have done different something different going back it’s one of those situations where sometimes it’s hard. I just did a mistake and that’s it. I will learn from it from being probably a bit more careful for the next race start.”
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