Vettel irked by "poor journalism" over Ferrari team orders

Scott Mitchell

Under new team principal Mattia Binotto, Ferrari has attempted to set a clear policy on team orders after suffering from indecision in recent seasons.

Binotto has identified Vettel as the priority in “50/50” situations because the four-time world champion is considered a better title bet compared to his young, new teammate Charles Leclerc.

Asked in China if team orders was the best way to win the title, Vettel said: “I don’t know, ask maybe Lewis [Hamilton]. Mercedes has been in a very different situation.

“It’s not the first time we’ve seen something like that. As Mattia said we tried to do everything as a team.

“Two weeks ago [in Bahrain], Charles was faster. And it was quite straightforward and maybe a bit easier to pass.

“I think the upsetting thing after the race [Chinese GP] is we didn’t manage to finish third and fourth.

“I want to be ahead of Charles, he wants to be ahead of me. Not keen to expand much further because it’s always a bit difficult, especially what you make out of the answer.”

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, leads Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, leads Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90 Joe Portlock / LAT Images

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