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Ferrari release Sebastian Vettel statement as tensions with Charles Leclerc rise

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Sebastian Vettel visited the Ferrari headquarters yesterday for a meeting with team Principal Mattia Binotto.

Tension remains high between Vettel and team-mate Charles Leclerc and the duo were at loggerheads at the Russian Grand Prix last weekend.

Vettel started third but took an early lead at the Sochi Autodrom, however, he defied team orders to let team-mate Charles Leclerc past.

“Sebastian started the day with a positive and constructive meeting with Team Principal Mattia Binotto before joining the engineers,” the statement read. “In the afternoon, it was time to get in the simulator cockpit for a session assessing the SF90 running in different track conditions.”

There is a hint that something is untoward in the Ferrari camp as teams do not usually release a statement when their driver returns to base for a simulator test.

“I was coming here anyway, it’s a shame I only make it so rarely but hopefully I can make it a bit more often,” Vettel told Ferrari’s YouTube channel. “I would like to do more but obviously time, we have a lot of races as well but let’s see, maybe I need better organisation and come back to watch.”

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