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‘I haven’t got any friends on the track:’ Leclerc on turbulent Ferrari season

The 22-year-old may have enjoyed seven pole positions and two race wins but things haven't always been straightforward for one of the sport's most exciting prospects.Leclerc has locked horns with teammate Sebastian Vettel on more than one occasion, a tension that has contributed to a difficult season for Ferrari. Most recently the pair collided at the Brazilian GP, making contact which ruled both drivers out of the race. "I have always been like this, I think Seb [Vettel] has always been like this," Leclerc told CNN Sport's Amanda Davies, ahead of the season's final race in Abu Dhabi."Whenever we have our racing helmets on, we are not friends. I haven't got any friends on the track when I have my helmet on but whenever I take it off, I am a normal person at the end."READ: F1 can be at the vanguard of tackling climate change

'We need to work together'

After promising preparation to the season, Ferrari quickly found itself managing a tricky relationship between both of its drivers. Leclerc served as a serious threat to Vettel's position at Ferrari and the four-time world champion never seemed comfortable with the internal politics. A number of flashpoints followed, with Leclerc angering Vettel at the Italian GP when the youngster failed to stick to the agreed plan.Their relationship then reached boiling point at the Singapore GP, when a strange Ferrari strategy saw Vettel leapfrog Leclerc, much to the Monegasque's annoyance. The pair have spoken since the collision in Brazil and analyzed the incident with the team, agreeing to give each other more of a "margin" in the future."We need to work together for the team. Both of us understand that and that's why we are also getting on well outside of the car," he added. READ: Germany's 'Big Four' compete for the first time in motorsport history
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