The Ferrari problem hidden by Leclerc's Bahrain failure

The Ferrari problem hidden by Leclerc's Bahrain failure

If Charles Leclerc had won the Bahrain Grand Prix, could Ferrari have justified Sebastian Vettel's team leader status given the four-time champion's lacklustre display?

Ferrari's Bahrain Grand Prix was as close to worst-case scenario as the team is likely to suffer in Formula 1 this season. Disbelief must have descended on the pitwall when Sebastian Vettel spun while fighting Lewis Hamilton, in a grim replay of Vettel's many mistakes in battle last year.

One can only imagine the gut-wrenching, heart-sinking feeling that made Ferrari's despond even deeper when Charles Leclerc first reported the engine problem that eventually cost him victory.

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