It was always inevitable that Ferrari would implement team orders between Charles LeClerc and Sebastian Vettel. LeClerc was ahead and losing touch with the Mercedes pair and Vettel was the faster of the two.
The Ferrari team radioed LeClerc advising him to go faster or else give the position to Vettel. The Monegasque driver promptly complied and let his senior teammate through to try and catch the Silver Arrows.
However, it seems that Vettel is not much faster than LeClerc and the gap to Mercedes is ever increasing. It actually begs the question, has the move backfired on Ferrari and how long until a Ferrari civil war?
Naturally, the fans were none too pleased and made their feeling known on social media.
— When will they pit (@Whenwilltheypit) April 14, 2019
— Michael (@msnijboon) April 14, 2019
— Kimmo Metso (@KimmoMetso) April 14, 2019
— F1 Wiki (@F1Wikia) April 14, 2019
— SebastianVetlel (@SebastianVetlel) April 14, 2019
So what happens later in the race if Leclerc is faster than Vettel will the team tell Vettel to move over and let Charles through. I don't think they will. Fucking Ferrari ruining F1 with team orders. #ChineseGP
— poolieboy1?? (@Poolieboy1Les1) April 14, 2019
Sick of @Ferrari constantly letting #Vettel through. #leclerc was faster on every lap except for one. That’s not what @F1 is about is it? Thought this would end with new owners?@SkySportsF1
What’s the point of a race if you’re choosing who wins. You’re a joke @Ferrari pic.twitter.com/iAvQnbSUW6
— Carly Farley (@Marketing_Carly) April 14, 2019