By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail
Published: 18:01 BST, 25 April 2019 | Updated: 23:08 BST, 25 April 2019
Lewis Hamilton has predicted that Ferrari face a potential rebellion for holding back their young thruster Charles Leclerc.
The Scuderia are favouring four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel over the 21-year-old who is in his first season in red and only second in Formula One.
That policy was made explicit in China a fortnight ago when they swapped their drivers around to Leclerc's detriment.
Lewis Hamilton has warned Ferrari that Charles Leclerc could rebel against them
There was plenty of tension in the Ferrari paddock HQ afterwards. Team principal Mattia Binotto struggled to keep the peace.
Just as the emerging Hamilton's pace was an irritant to his reigning double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso during their tumultuous season at McLaren in 2007, Leclerc is too talented to be a natural No 2. He has scored one point fewer than Vettel, who is 31 adrift of Hamilton, despite the disparity in their treatment.
'I understand how Charles feels because in his heart he believes he is the best or has the potential to be the best,' said Hamilton ahead of Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
'It is like having your light dimmed. As a racer, and as a fierce competitor,