Mercedes' Wolff: Ferrari risks Formula 1 team orders 'can of worms'

Binotto defends China team orders	
				Image by Mauger  LAT

Binotto defends China team orders Image by Mauger LAT

"Ferrari has been remarkably open and frank about how they will handle team orders this season, with a bias towards the more experienced Vettel if required", added Brundle.

What is fascinating this season is this pattern - in both Mercedes and Ferrari - where the supposedly number two drivers are challenging for the ascendancy.

Instead, the 2 Mercedes - with Lewis Hamilton jumping polesitter Bottas - moved away from the field and ended up securing the team's 47th one-two finish as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc simply didn't have the pace to even get close to launching an attack.

Mercedes now lead the constructors' championship on 130 points, 57 clear of Ferrari, after three races with 18 still to go.

The last time a team scored a hat-trick of one-twos at the start of a season it was Williams in 1992, with Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese.

Final result in the Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton took an easy victory in the 1000th F1 race to grab the championship lead for the first time in 2019.

"That's what Binotto and his guys have to do and, knowing Mattia, I am sure he is aware of that and will devote all his energies to ensuring it happens".

And the beginning was all about whether Charles LeClerc would repeat his feat at Bahrain and take pole. "They're just looking so strong", Rosberg said on his YouTube channel.

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"It's very hard to judge if that's going to be a track where they're going to be ahead". This weekend, they were a bit up and down.

China was seen as a track where Ferrari would have the upper hand but it was Mercedes whose drivers lined up first and second on the grid.

"Our auto is maybe a bit draggier than theirs", said Wolff.

It marked the third straight race in which Ferrari had issued an instruction favouring Vettel, prompting further speculation regarding the dynamic within the team. The auto is solid on the tyres, and especially in Shanghai, which is a totally different track to Bahrain, we were able to have the right package.

The battle for supremacy is between Mercedes and Ferrari, with Honda-powered Red Bull challenging for podiums, but Ferrari leave China with more pressure on them.

"That's where they're losing a lot of time".

"We have a very strong auto, there's nothing wrong with it but I think we're not able to yet put it in the window, especially for myself, here and there", said the German.

"I think overall our vehicle is working and there's nothing wrong with it - but I think it's just about placing it in the right window and then being able to extract the performance that the auto has, which I think Charles was able to show in Bahrain more than myself". There's so many slow corners they're going to lose out a lot and lots of straights where they're going to gain.

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