The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era
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The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era

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Ferrari is starting its post-Sebastian Vettel age by welcoming Carlos Sainz Jr in alongside Charles Leclerc. But while Sainz has a tough challenge to match his new team-mate, Ferrari is also sending a message that previous intra-team spats must end

It was intriguing to watch Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne collide during the second Formula E race in Riyadh last weekend and wonder how their DS Techeetah team had not solved its team-mate racing tensions.

Rewind 12 months and the sparks of a flashpoint were already flying after Vergne had aggressively edged his team-mate towards a wall in Santiago before a team orders flare up occurred in Mexico City. DST went on to secure a second title double come the end of that marvellous run of Berlin races, with da Costa extending its run of drivers' titles to three, and all was well. Until, again, it wasn't last weekend.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. , Charles Leclerc
Teams Ferrari , Racing Point
Author Alex Kalinauckas