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Ferrari: Crash that took Leclerc out was really stupid

Mattia Binotto believes crashes such as the two incidents that happened on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix at Turn 1 should not be happening in Formula 1.

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Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has called the crash that took out Charles Leclerc stupid as the Monegasque driver was forced to retire when Lance Stroll hit him at Turn 1 of the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Stroll, similarly to Valtteri Bottas, outbraked himself to hit the rear of Leclerc who then turned around Daniel Ricciardo.

“We are a bit disappointed," Binotto told RacingNews365.com and other members of the press. "Having the rain could have been a good opportunity for us. Certainly the accident at the start is a shame.

“Charles had a good start, was cautious, made sure that he was not damaging the car, he was in a good position with the first corner almost already concluded.

“But obviously the accident happened. I think [it’s] really a stupid accident, I don’t think that such things should happen, but that’s the way it is.”

Leclerc described the mayhem at Turn 1 as a "bowling game" as Bottas also caused chaos by colliding into the rear of Lando Norris who then hit Max Verstappen whilst the Mercedes driver managed to make contact with Sergio Perez in a secondary accident.

Stroll, who took to the grass to try and avoid Leclerc, says he was very frustrated to retire from the race.

“Just challenging conditions, a lot going on, and it’s just a shame,” added Stroll. “It was just really tricky, very slippery. I tried to avoid the cars in front of me, and it just was a disaster.”

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