OOn lap 11, Ferrari gave her answer. Leclerc had been ahead of Vettel in the first corner, but with Vettel less than a second behind the young Monegasque, claiming he could keep up with Leader Hamilton's times, Ferrari Leclerc instructed to move away from his team-mate.
Unlike previous regimes at Ferrari, Leclerc made his feelings clear. "But I'm leaving [from Vettel]he protested, reluctantly moving to the side.
Vettel had clear air to catch the Mercedes duo, but made no impression on the lead. Indeed, Leclerc remained on the back wing of his four-time World Champion team-mate while Verstappen came on both red cars.
"I'm losing a lot of time," Leclerc said. "I do not know if you want to know it or not." Vettel got the hurry message. Verstappen was then the first of the five leading riders to stop for fresh rubber.
For the second time Ferrari reacted with the favor of Vettel. He was asked for new tires in the following round and came out right in front of the Red Bull car.