Approaching turn 10, Leclerc was told “stay there for two laps, stay there for two laps”. However on the next lap Leclerc overtook Vettel around the outside of turn one.
Afterwards Leclerc said he was “just letting them know” with his original radio message. “Then I think I had an answer, saying to me ‘OK, stay like this for two laps’ but then on the next straight I had the opportunity to go for it, so I went for it and it was a successful pass.”
Ferrari did not communicate to Vettel that his team mate had been told to temporarily hold position. Leclerc was also told during the Australian Grand Prix to stay behind his team mate at the end of the race, an instruction he complied with.
Leclerc said the team had warned the drivers before the race to take extra care when fighting with each other.
“It’s always a tricky situation when you get to fight your team mate because the risks are very high. As in every team, I think, they warn you before the race: OK, you can try things on different people, but with your team-mate, please be careful. Which is something normal.
“But I had the opportunity on lap five and I didn’t hesitate, I just [went] for it. I was happy it was successful the first time I tried, especially after the bad start. So, yeah, happy with how it ended up.”
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