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Binotto shuts the door on Brazil drama

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Filed on November 29, 2019 | Last updated on November 29, 2019 at 10.39 pm
Mercedes' team boss Toto Wolff (left) and his Ferrari coutnerpart Mattia Binotto walk down the paddock ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit


If you listen to the drivers, they have their own version

 The Brazilian drama still rumbles on in Abu Dhabi, for Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.
The collision between the teammates four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc happened almost two weeks ago but it continues to follow the Italian boss like a street dog.
Yet again, for the umpteenth time, Binotto was asked about it and what measures he took after their closed-door meeting in Maranello.
And yet again, the 50-year-old repeated what he has been saying all along and shut the door by adding that it had been dealt with.
'If you listen to the drivers, they have their own version but the danger is one true version which is it damaged the interest of Scuderia Ferrari, while damaging themselves," Binotto said, ahead of the second free practice of the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina Circuit on Friday.
"We discussed together, we looked at the video again and what's always important is when such things happen, it is important to understand what is triggering it. And we have to make sure that in the future, it is not happening again. And that's something that we certainly discussed," he added.
Amidst all this, Binotto was quizzed on six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in a Ferrari cockpit in the future, especially since the Briton could be a free agent in 2021.
"Lewis is certainly an outstanding driver, fantastic driver and knowing that he is available in 2021, it can make only make us happy. But, honestly, it is too early for any decision. So, we are happy with the drivers we have got at the moment. And certainly, at one stage next season, we will start discussing and understand what to do," said Binotto.

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