Sebastian Vettel says his Bahrain GP was compromised in part by a “ruthless” maneuver by Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc on the restart at Sakhir.
The German driver had put his podium finish in Turkey in the rear-view mirror after the Scuderia’s under-performance in qualifying which Vettel and Leclerc finished respectively P12 and P13.
Nevertheless, the four-time world champion was banking on circumstances and perhaps a bit of luck to improve his position in the pecking order on the restart after Romain Grosjean’s horror crash. But neither worked in his favor.
Vettel was 10th when he barreled down in the middle of the field into Turn 1 while adopting a relatively cautious approach. But an unexpected lunge from Leclerc caught the departing Ferrari charger by surprise.