On the approach to turn one at the Bahrain International Circuit, Vettel was stunned to see Leclerc squeezing through a gap on the inside while he also had McLaren's Carlos Sainz to his outside.
Vettel had no option but to brake and allow Leclerc through to avoid a repeat of their accident at the Styrian Grand Prix when the Monégasque went for a gap that did not exist, resulting in a collision that forced both out of the race.
At the time over the team radio an annoyed Vettel said: "And again! He can't just do that as if I wasn't there. It's the same as Austria, seriously! This time I, you know, I...should've crashed. Maybe it was the better option."
After receiving a response of 'Understood", Vettel continued to fume, adding: "All morning we talk about giving room and then [he] went to the tiniest gap that doesn't exist and you just pray the other guy just sees you and moves out of the way."
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