Charles Leclerc has accepted Ferrari's explanation for imposing team orders on him at the Chinese Grand Prix, which aided Sebastian Vettel and lost him a place to Max Verstappen come the chequered flag. Leclerc finished fifth in Shanghai, having endured a frustrating race.
Leclerc jumped Vettel off the line for third place, but could not hunt down the Mercedes ahead, prompting Ferrari to move him aside to let the German have a go.
Vettel made a number of mistakes when in open air and dropped further back from the Silver Arrows, who secured a third one-two finish from as many races, and into the clutches of Verstappen.
Leclerc grew audibly frustrated behind Vettel – having been issued team orders for a third-straight race – but was happy to play the team game afterwards.
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