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Sport'We made the right choice': Ferrari defend team orders to allow Sebastian Vettel to pass Charles Leclerc during Chinese Grand Prix

15:54  15 april  2019
15:54  15 april  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Sebastian Vettel , right , eases past his Ferrari team -mate Charles Leclerc who was ordered to allow the German driver to pass him during the Chinese Grand Prix . Photograph: Charles Coates/Getty Images. Ferrari defended their use of team orders in China, despite the decision failing to make any

'We made the right choice': Ferrari defend team orders to allow Sebastian Vettel to pass Charles Leclerc during Chinese Grand Prix © Reuters Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel Ferrari have stood by their decision to hand Sebastian Vettel preferential treatment in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

As Lewis Hamilton moved into the lead of the championship for the first time this season, by virtue of winning Formula One's 1,000th race, Charles Leclerc found himself under instruction to relinquish third place to his more experienced team-mate.

Leclerc, in just his third outing for Ferrari, had been reluctant to move aside for Vettel, and later dropped behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, too, after the Dutchman stole a march with an early stop for new tyres.

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Ferrari 's team order allowed Vettel to finish third and capture his first podium of the season, but after three races he already trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 31 points. Vettel said he understands why Ferrari made the decision, even if it eventually cost Leclerc fourth place.

'We made the right choice': Ferrari defend team orders to allow Sebastian Vettel to pass Charles Leclerc during Chinese Grand Prix © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Charles Leclerc of Ferrari reflects after being subject to team orders the in Chinese Grand Prix

The Monegasque, who has now been issued a team order by Ferrari at each of the opening three rounds, admitted he was frustrated with the decision and wanted an explanation.

But Mattia Binotto, the rookie team principal for Ferrari, insisted they delivered the correct call in favouring Vettel, the four-time world champion and winner of 52 grands prix.

'We made the right choice': Ferrari defend team orders to allow Sebastian Vettel to pass Charles Leclerc during Chinese Grand Prix © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Leclerc was asked to move aside so his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel could pass him 'We made the right choice,' he said.

'It was not easy to give the order, and I thank Charles for the way he behaved and showing he is a good team player.

Vettel accepts Turn 4 spin was 'my mistake'

Vettel accepts Turn 4 spin was 'my mistake' Sebastian Vettel has accepted his spin whilst battling Lewis Hamilton for second position at Turn 4 was “my mistake” after a frustrating race for the four-time champion. Vettel started on the front row beside team-mate and pole-sitter Charles Leclerc but executed a perfect launch away from the grid to lead into Turn 1. However, the German was unable to pull a gap and was left helpless when Leclerc re-passed him on Lap 6, falling into the clutches of Hamilton. Reflecting on his challenging afternoon, Vettel insists he quickly realised early on in the grand prix his Ferrari was proving a handful to tame.

Ferrari 's team order allowed Vettel to finish third and capture his first podium of the season, but after three races he already trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 31 points. Vettel said he understands why Ferrari made the decision, even if it eventually cost Leclerc fourth place.

Ferrari 's team order allowed Vettel to finish third and capture his first podium of the season, but after three races he already trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 31 points. Vettel said he understands why Ferrari made the decision, even if it eventually cost Leclerc fourth place.

'We tried everything we could not to lose time on the Mercedes cars ahead and that was among the only chance we got at the time. So, we tried. It didn't work. It was right to give Seb that chance.'

'We made the right choice': Ferrari defend team orders to allow Sebastian Vettel to pass Charles Leclerc during Chinese Grand Prix © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Vettel (bottom) ahead of Leclerc after being allowed through during the race in Shanghai

Hamilton finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes secured a hat-trick of one-two finishes from the opening three rounds.

The Englishman, a six-time winner in Shanghai, is already 31 points clear of Vettel in the championship as he chases a sixth title.

'We made the right choice': Ferrari defend team orders to allow Sebastian Vettel to pass Charles Leclerc during Chinese Grand Prix © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited LeClerc pictured in the pits during the Chinese Grand Prix - he ultimately finished fifth Leclerc is a point further back.

'We definitely didn't expect to have three one-twos, but I'm proud to have been part of the work that everyone has done and to be a part of these results,' said Hamilton as he celebrated his 75th career victory from 232 starts.

Hamilton, who is now just 16 wins shy of Michael Schumacher's win record, jumped pole-sitter Bottas with a fine getaway.

'The start was where I made the difference,' he added. 'After that it's history.'

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