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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia could switch its focus to Charles Leclerc later this year if circumstances warrant that the Monegasque be given priority over Sebastian Vettel.

Before the start of this season’s campaign, Binotto revealed that Vettel, as Ferrari’s senior driver, would be given priority over his team mate in a “50-50” situation that would require the Scuderia to make a call.

Melbourne and Bahrain offered a glimpse of a potential shift of the balance of power at the Italian outfit, with Leclerc remaining behind Vettel in Australia as the result of a team order but clearly outpacing the German…

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Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Sebastian Vettel stumbles once too often when racing wheel-to-wheel with Lewis Hamilton, claiming the Mercedes driver is like a “mental block” for the German.

As arch-rivals fighting for the title, Hamilton and Vettel often found themselves at loggerheads on the track last season.

The Ferrari driver knocked himself out of contention at Monza last year when he spun while trying to resist the reigning world champion.

And Vettel did it again in Bahrain when he spun while trying to hang on to the back of Hamilton’s Silver Arrow.

The 31-year-old was lambasted by the Italian media after a race in which he had also been outpaced by Scuderia new recruit Charles Leclerc, but Ecclestone is confident Vettel

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Ferrari heads to Formula 1’s landmark race in China aiming to validate the level of performance of its SF90 car as well as the reliability of its contender following the engine issue encountered by Charles Leclerc in Bahrain.

As the 1000th race of the F1 world championship since its inception in 1950, China will represent a significant milestone in the history of Grand Prix racing for which the Scuderia has written many great chapters.

However, beyond the landmark festivities, Ferrari will be focused on securing a strong result in Shanghai after its disappointing performance in Melbourne and the truncated result at Sakhir where Leclerc was robbed of his maiden F1 win.

“The third round of the season takes place at a track that is different in character to those in Melbourne and Bahrain,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.

“Here, we have a very long straight and corners that put an uncommon amount of load on the front end.

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