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Ferrari consider stopping Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc racing each other

Ferrari consider stopping Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc racing each other
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Vettel and Leclerc are due to arrive at Ferrari's Maranello headquarters to explain how they came to collide on lap 66 of Sunday's chaotic race.

Ferrari bosses will this week decide whether to stop Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc from racing each other after they crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel and Leclerc are due to arrive at Ferrari's Maranello headquarters to explain how they came to collide on lap 66 of Sunday's chaotic race.

Mercedes were forced to revise their rules of engagement after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed for a third time in the final year of their fractious relationship as team-mates.

And Ferrari will consider reining in their drivers to avoid a repeat of Sunday's embarrassing accident.

"We need to sit down and decide where the limits are to make sure these things don't happen anymore," said Mattia Binotto, the Ferrari team principal.

"When we have tried to manage the drivers before we have been criticised. When they are free to fight we have been criticised, too.

"But we need to clarify what is silly, what is not, and what is the limit. When you have a crash there is no doubt that something has gone wrong."

Vettel's partnership with Leclerc has proved troubling for Ferrari with both drivers vying for top spot in the team.

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Vettel was signed by Ferrari to end a drivers' title drought which extends back to 2007, but Leclerc, a decade younger than the four-time world champion, has emerged as the team's star for the future.

Vettel's £36million-a-season deal with Ferrari expires at the end of next year.

"I am still convinced it is a luxury to have them in the same team because they are both very good drivers and a benchmark for each other," added Binotto.

"What I read or hear, is different to what I see internally with them. They have a good relationship, but certainly what happened on Sunday may not help that."

Hamilton, who was demoted to seventh following his late collision with Red Bull's Alex Albon, said both Vettel and Leclerc will have been wounded by the events at Interlagos.

Hamilton collided with former Mercedes team-mate Rosberg at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, and then in Spain and Austria two years later as they fought for the championship.

"I have experienced it first hand," said the six-time world champion. "The burden is that there are so many people involved with the team that it is not just about you.

"And when all those people are relying on you to do your job and something like that happens, it is not a great feeling."

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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