Leclerc claimed a maiden pole position at Sakhir only to fall behind Vettel on the opening lap of the race.
And Ferrari changed the control electronics on their cars for this race to try to prevent a repeat of the short circuit in an injection control unit that caused Leclerc's problems in Bahrain.
In fact, had Bottas not experienced this tire puncture with under three laps remaining in the 2018 season's fourth race, he would have taken the lead of the driver standings for the first time in his Formula 1 career after this race. "We agreed with both drivers".
"But on the track, they're free to fight, on the track I think if there is one driver who is certainly faster, he will get the advantage". But I thought it was, I don't know, 15 seconds left. And a luxury that you're happy to have.
'When the team told me we only had 10 seconds margin to cross the line in time to make another attempt, I had to think of something. Ferrari nearly cost Vettel by leaving him this late until he took matters into his own hands. We need a number one and a number two but I will make sure to change these things as soon as possible.
He might be a four-time world champion but Vettel is facing criticism, especially in comparison with his young Ferrari team-mate Leclerc.
"It's absolutely no different to any other race weekend for me".
It is not just Leclerc who has shown impressive speed in the first two races of the season, despite his tender age. So, there was definitely the opportunity to go for it.
Ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Formula One's 1,000th championship race, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto made it clear the team is still putting Vettel ahead of Leclerc in certain situations.
While Chinese GP will be exciting, I cant wait to see the next qualifying where pettiest man on the grid, Max Verstappen will be out for revenge.
Bottas opened up the season with a dominant victory in the Australian Grand Prix with Hamilton finishing behind him in second place before he went on to finish in second behind Hamilton in the season's second race, the Bahrain Grand Prix.
It is not an entirely unsurprising response from the 34-year-old who has always been strong in his ability to blank out distractions, if not perhaps the one Formula One might have been hoping for from their most saleable asset.
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