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Vettel says new team mate Leclerc 'free to race'

MELBOURNE: Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday new Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc will be “free to race” from the start of the Formula One season and the German rejected suggestions his bid for a fifth world championship title would take precedence.

Ferrari’s new team principal Mattia Binotto said earlier in the year that Vettel, as the team’s “champion”, would be given priority over Leclerc in certain racing situations, though he later clarified the drivers would b…