Leclerc on Vettel: 'We need to be less aggressive with each other'

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Charles Leclerc believes the one significant takeaway from his clash with Sebastian Vettel in Brazil is that the Ferrari teammates need to be "less aggressive' with each other in the future.

Leclerc and Vettel sat down with Scuderia boss Mattia Binotto in the wake of their run-in at Interlagos to understand the cause of their ruinous clash and how to handle themselves moving forward.

"We looked at it and I particularly looked at it obviously to try and understand how we could have made things better," Leclerc told the media in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

"I think it was very unfortunate. First of all because the touch was extremely small and had a big drama after that. So that was a little bit unlucky.

"But as a team I think we probably should try to be a bit less aggressive between each other for these things to not happen again.

"For the team it is not good, for everyone that is supporting us it's not good. So [we'll] try for it to not happen again."

Leclerc said Ferrari had no plans to impose team orders on its drivers, who therefore theoretically remain free to race each other in the future, although the two-time Grand Prix winner admitted that he and Vettel need to find a 'modus vivendi' on the track.

"I think this will not change. We will be able to race together," insisted the Monegasque.

"Obviously Seb and myself are very competitive. We both want to win but also, we need to find the right compromise. We are also racing for the same team.

"Apart from that I don't think there's much we can do obviously. As I said, the consequences were huge in the last race.

"If you look back at the contact, it was very, very small. It was unfortunate but again we will make sure it doesn't happen again."

While Binotto refused to publicly apportion blame for the brush in Brazil, Leclerc felt that both drivers were ultimately responsible for the run-in.

"I think Seb should not have gone to the left and he knows it. And I probably could have done a better job of avoiding him going to the left. So both of us have a bit of responsibility.

"But I think the most important [thing] is that everything is clear. We have sat down and we move forward."

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