Ferrari: Vettel to still be given priority over Leclerc

Sebastian Vettel will continue to be given priority as Ferrari’s number one driver, team boss Mattia Binotto says.

The policy had been questioned after team-mate Charles Leclerc dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix until a late engine problem cost him a maiden victory.

During the race, Leclerc ignored a team order to stay behind Vettel.

Binotto said Vettel’s four years at Ferrari meant he would be prioritised “if there is any 50-50 situation where we need to take a decision”.

Binotto added: “He won four championships and certainly for us he’s the driver who has most probability to challenge for the title.”

But Binotto, who took over as team principal at the start of this year, said that the policy, which he introduced for the start of the season, could potentially change in the future.

“Something we agreed with both drivers is, in a few races’ time, things may chance for whatever reason – bad luck or whatever could be the situation – we may change our position, no doubt,” he said.

“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.

“I think that Charles, as a matter of fact, he had an opportunity to be in pole in Bahrain, he had the opportunity to fight for the win and he had position in Bahrain.”

This article is from the BBC Sport website / bbc.co.uk – Ferrari: Vettel to still be given priority over Leclerc