Vettel insists that he and Leclerc are "free to race" | 2019 Australian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel insisted that he and his new team-mate Charles Leclerc be free to play at first of the season.

The brand new director of the Ferrari workforce, Mattia Binotto, had mentioned earlier this 12 months that Vettel would have precedence over Leclerc in some conditions earlier within the season. In a later interview, Binotto later said that the 2 males can be "free to battle," however he additionally indicated that Vettel may benefit from the workforce's favor below sure circumstances.

"If there may be an ambiguous scenario at the start of the season, Sebastian is the one who has extra expertise, he’s with us for a few years, he has already received championships, he’s so our champion, "mentioned Binotto.

Invited to specify the settlement between him and Leclerc Australian Grand Prix of the weekend, Vettel "I don’t suppose it is extremely helpful to position your self in sure conditions.

"However I believe it's very clear and that Mattia additionally defined very clearly that we’re free to battle. I believe Charles will do his greatest to assist himself, and it's the identical for me, I'll do my greatest to assist and assist the workforce.

"In the long run we run for Ferrari and which means we’ll attempt to deliver Ferrari again to what we have now been making an attempt to do for a couple of years. That's the principle precedence and the remaining, it's an extended and lengthy season and I believe it's a bit ineffective to start out reporting some situations.

Lewis Hamilton, who was sentenced to victory by teammate Valtteri Bottas on the Russian Grand Prix final 12 months, additionally they introduced that they might begin the brand new season on a foot of equality.

"We’re free to run like yearly," he mentioned. "This was mentioned at the start after we have been again on the manufacturing unit and it’s repeated as we speak.

"And that's how I prefer it, which means we each have a good shot, it's the identical factor yearly."

"It's solely on the level the place a driver not wins the championship if we're fortunate sufficient to be in that place, issues are shifting, however I'm nonetheless free to run and I believe it's nice."

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