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Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc summoned for crisis talks after collision

Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc summoned for crisis talks after collision
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The warring drivers crashed out with five laps remaining as they diced for fourth position.

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have been summoned by Ferrari to the Italian team's Maranello headquarters following their collision in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

The warring Ferrari drivers crashed out with five laps remaining as they diced for fourth position.

Team principal Mattia Binotto refused to apportion blame and also ruled out fining either driver.

But both men, withdrawn by Ferrari from a scheduled media briefing in Interlagos on Sunday evening, will be reminded of their responsibilities to the team at a crisis summit this week.

Charles Leclerc removes his helmet
Charles Leclerc removes his helmet (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

"When doing things in the heat of the moment, you can come to the wrong conclusion," said Binotto.

"I have heard from both drivers, but I will meet with them to discuss what happened. There will be time for the team to analyse the video and data.

"It is not a matter of fining or blaming. We let them race, but being free to fight doesn't mean they should make silly mistakes. In truth, this sort of thing should never happen."

Red Bull's Max Verstappen won a chaotic race from pole position, his third victory of the season, with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly a surprise second, and Carlos Sainz third for McLaren.

Sainz, who ended McLaren's five-season podium drought, was promoted one place after world champion Lewis Hamilton had been dealt a five-second post-race penalty following the Briton's late collision with Alex Albon.

Hamilton's podium placing was short lived
Hamilton's podium placing was short lived (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

The coming together cost rookie, Albon, 23, his first career podium, and Hamilton was swift to accept his responsibility for the accident.

"I apologise to Alex, and I hold my hands up for what happened," said Hamilton, who was demoted to seventh and hit with two penalty points on his drivers' licence.

"I totally accept the blame. It was not my intention and you hardly ever see me collide with anyone. In hindsight I could have waited to make the move, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

"An opportunity arose and I was in shooting distance of Alex. I gave it a shot because in my mind I was trying to catch Max [Verstappen] for the win.

"That won't be the last time Alex is in position for a podium. He will have many more great races so, as hard a pill as it is for him to swallow, I hope he can learn from the experience."

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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