That’s the opinion of Andrew Benson, Formula 1 analyst for the BBC.Vettel passed his team-mate on lap 11 after complaining to his team that he felt
That’s the opinion of Andrew Benson, Formula 1 analyst for the BBC.
Vettel passed his team-mate on lap 11 after complaining to his team that he felt he was the faster of the two drivers.
Ferrari relented, and ordered 21-year-old Leclerc to move aside, allowing Vettel into third spot.
This ended Leclerc’s chances for a podium finish, especially after he fell behind Max Verstappen, and Bottas appeared to increase the gap between himself and Vettel with ease.
And Benson explained on The Chequered Flag podcast that he believed Ferrari “screwed” Leclerc by ordering him to stand aside.
“I’m not saying it was necessarily the wrong call,” he admitted.
“But the fact is, they did move him [Leclerc] aside, there wasn’t that much evidence that Sebastian Vettel was definitely quicker, and it absolutely screwed his race.
“Vettel, as a result, benefitted disproportionately compared to Leclerc.
“The fact is, they’ve imposed team orders and my question is – is that the right decision? I don’t think it is.
“I don’t think he was quicker, he was sitting behind because of DRS.
“He didn’t pull away from Leclerc any quicker than Leclerc pulled away from him.
“On lap nine when Leclerc was leading the Ferraris, the lead Ferrari was 2.9 seconds off Bottas.
“On lap 15, after five laps of Vettel leading the Ferraris, the gap was 7.4 seconds.”
Leclerc was unhappy with the decision, and said after the race that he wanted to speak to Ferrari bosses to try to understand why he was told to let Vettel through.
“Obviously with Seb, I need to see and understand the full picture,” Leclerc said.
“I need to speak with the engineers and understand the decision.
“For sure, there is an explanation behind this decision. It has not been a great race for me but overall the weekend I have not been as strong as I wanted.”