Charles Leclerc: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reveals major Ferrari problem
Ferrari forced Charles Leclerc to surrender his third place 15 laps into the Chinese Grand Prix to allow Sebastian Vettel past.
The thinking was to let Vettel push the two Mercedes who were out in front.
However, the move instead backed up Leclerc and gave Max Verstappen the chance to overtake the Ferrari man.
Fans have been fuming that the Prancing Horse did not let their drivers race each other.
And Wolff reckons the Italian team could have further problems in the future because of the precedent they have set.
“That’s a tricky situation of course, because you would like to have the quicker car hunting down your opponents,” Wolff said.
“Sebastian said that he had the quicker car at that stage, so they reverted the order. I can understand that somehow.
“Nevertheless, once you start doing these things, it becomes very complicated, because you start to set a precedent and you’re opening up a can of worms.
“Then you might have to call every single race that the car is behind would say ‘I can go quicker’.”
Wolff related with the Ferrari dilemma because he often has two competitive drivers.
“It’s not an easy situation,” Wolff added.
“We have been there with Nico [Rosberg] and Lewis, and we have been there with Valtteri and Lewis as well.
“We had a situation today where they were pushing each other very hard, taking a risk of potentially not finishing the race.
“So it’s not a Ferrari problem alone. Every team has that issue if you have two alpha drivers.”
Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix while Bottas finished second.
Vettel secured the final podium spot, two places ahead of Leclerc.