Leclerc: 'Everything is clear' at Ferrari after Sochi controversy

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Charles Leclerc insists that all is fine at Ferrari, in term of his relationship with the team and teammate, Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel started the season as Ferrari's "priority" driver, but Leclerc has challenged that perception by outqualifying Vettel at the last nine races and claiming back-to-back wins in Belgium and Italy.

Leclerc, in his first season with Ferrari and second in Formula One, has turned up the pressure on the far more experienced Vettel.

"I think having regret does not make sense", he told Autosport.

Asked whether his experience as a rookie alongside designated leader Fernando Alonso at McLaren in 2007 meant he could relate to Vettel's predicament, Hamilton said: "Again, it's an assumption, because we're looking from the outside, so I don't know what's happening inside, I don't know what Seb's feeling, so it's hard to say I can relate to it".

Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari's Russian GP controversy proved that Sebastian Vettel is "clearly not" their "number one" driver anymore - but doesn't think the team prioritising Charles Leclerc is a good idea.

The plan worked but Vettel ended up ahead of Leclerc and then refused to give the position back when he was asked to do so by the Ferrari pit wall.

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"I think that's clear from the beginning of the season - we need to obey team orders and the situation wasn't clear for both of the drivers, starting the race (in Russia)", Leclerc said.

"Yeah, obviously there was some misunderstanding from the vehicle but I think we've had a discussion and everything is clear now", stated Leclerc.

"More important is to try as a team to move forward and to learn from mistakes and make sure they are not happening again in the future".

Vettel added: "We didn't write anything in stone".

Vettel agreed with his teammate that relations between them and the team had been resolved but admitted: "There are certain things we could have done better".

The 32-year-old denied that his actions had been influenced by the fact that Leclerc has been out-performing him in recent races. And that's the same not just this year. "That is why I was surprised by the delay because we were very strong in the last four races". In that regard, I struggled to extract what I know I have in me. "I've not had a team back the other side so much, so heavily, before". "There have been races where things maybe didn't fall into place so didn't look that great on the outside but we were doing the right things and tackling the right things on the inside, so I am not anxious in that regard".

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