Nico Rosberg says Ferrari was ill-advised to put Charles Leclerc on medium tyres in Q2, a decision that led to the Monegasque’s costly crash according to the 2016 world champion.

Leclerc looked like a sure candidate for pole in Baku after running ahead of the field since the start of the race weekend on Friday.

But half-way into the second segment of qualifying, the Scuderia charger lost it at the treacherous Turn 8, the corner that had claimed Williams’ Robert Kubica just minutes earlier.

Leclerc clouted the wall on the outside and stepped out of his car considerably dejected with himself.

“They just completely threw it away again in qualifying. It’s unreal how they manage to do it every single time,” said Rosberg in a Vlog on Youtube.

“Leclerc was on for a definite pole position, he was really on it all weekend.”

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Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger believes the sum of Mattia Binotto’s wide-ranging responsibilities could critically overwhelm the Scuderia boss.

After several months of intrigue and rumors last season of a dissention among the Scuderia’s top brass, the House of Maranello underwent management changes at the turn of the year, with team principal Maurizio Arrivabene replaced by the Scuderia’s technical director Mattia Binotto.

While the move has undoubtedly changed the complexion of the Italian outfit, for the better, results on the track have not yet met the expectations generated by Ferrari during pre-season testing.

Berger isn’t sure the Scuderia’s ‘one man at the helm’ approach will be beneficial to Ferrari compared to Mercedes and Red Bull, where responsibilities are spread across several prominent leaders.

“The usual thing with Ferrari is, someone getting the responsibility, and getting all responsibility,” explained Berger, quoted by

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Ferrari’s decision in China to swap the running order of its drivers early in the race may have set a risky precedent.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc overtook team mate Sebastian Vettel at the start of the race in Shanghai but was ordered to yield to the faster German after ten laps, to give Vettel an opportunity to bridge the gap with the front-running Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel failed to catch up with the Silver Arrows cars while Leclerc, as a result of letting his team mate through, eventually fell into the clutches of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and lost a position to the Dutchman during the race’s first pit stop rotations.

Wolff said he understood the motivation behind the Ferrari pit wall’s decision to swap its drivers, but insist

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Lewis Hamilton rejected Max Verstappen’s suggestion that an unwritten rule exists between drivers that governs on-track behavior during out laps in qualifying.

The Red Bull charger took aim at Sebastian Vettel and both Renault’s drivers after Saturday’s shootout session in Shanghai, accusing the group of ruining an attempt at a last-ditch effort in the closing stages of qualifying by overtaking before the end of his out lap.

“So they f****d up my entire build up, while there is an unwritten rule that you just follow each other,” an angry Verstappen told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport when all was said and done.

Hamilton responded on social media to the Red Bull drivers “unwritten rule” claim with a laconic “Nope”.

Daniel Ricciardo, who was among those that overtook Verstappen at the end of Q3, argued…

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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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