Sebastian Vettel: Relationship With Leclerc “Did Not Improve” After Announcing Ferrari Exit

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Ever since Ferrari decided against retaining Sebastian Vettel, the German has remained pretty quiet around the team, although that wasn’t unexpected.

However, Vettel recently revealed that his relationship with his teammate, Charles Leclerc, never really “suffered” despite Ferrari’s decision.

Vettel expressed his views on the question of whether his relationship with Leclerc had gotten complicated; considering their significant difference in pace on the track and the fact that the Monegasque will stay in Ferrari next season.

Charles Leclerc and Vettel at Portimao Press Conference
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The relationship between Charles Leclerc and me did not suffer because of my departure from Ferrari and therefore did not improve,” he told Zeit.de.

His relationship did take a turn for the worse once, and that was during the Brazilian Grand Prix last season. Both the drivers had their eyes on the podium. Unfortunately, they crashed into each other, and ultimately retired from the race.

However, the two have patched things up since then.

Sebastian Vettel reveals why his relationship with Leclerc never got better

Sebastian Vettel is definitely one of the most interesting drivers on the grid. However, his relationship with Leclerc never found steam. The German weighed in on what could be the reason behind the lack of bonding between the two.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the Turkish GP podium
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium after finishing in third place in the race Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

You can actually get along with me. I am not a fan of any games, of background moods,” he said.

I don’t believe in luring someone off the wrong track. We’re each at a different point in our careers. I’m much further, I’m older and have seen a lot. A lot is still very new to him.”

However, the German would not want to ponder on it at the moment, as he has better things coming in the future. He will soon have a new teammate in Lance Stroll and will be expected to mentor the young Canadian.

Hence, his focus will entirely be on his upcoming switch to Aston Martin. But can Vettel find what he missed in Ferrari?

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