Ferrari defend team order favouring Vettel in futile pursuit of Hamilton

• Charles Leclerc told to let Sebastian Vettel past in Chinese GP
• Team principal Mattia Binotto says ‘we tried and it didn’t work’

Ferrari defended their use of team orders in China, despite the decision failing to make any difference to their finishing positions. Mattia Binotto, the team principal, remained convinced it had been the right thing to do, while Charles Leclerc conceded he had accepted the team’s explanation for telling him to cede his place to Sebastian Vettel.

Leclerc had jumped Vettel at the start taking third place but Ferrari ordered him to let Vettel past, believing the German was quicker. Having done so, however, Vettel made no inroads into Lewis Hamilton’s lead and the pair finished third and fifth.

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Source: Formula 1

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