Lewis Hamilton was handed a dramatic victory during the Bahrain Grand Prix after a cruel engine problem denied Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a maiden Formula One win.
Sebastian Vettel finished only fifth after he dramatically spun while duelling for second with Hamilton.
It marked yet another error for the German after a series of mistakes blighted his title challenge last year.
With Leclerc in control of the lead, Hamilton and Vettel duelled at high speed for second position on lap 38.
“’Spin’ is Sebastian Vettel middle name”
Hamilton made the move stick around the outside of the right-handed turn four before Vettel lost control of his Ferrari and spun.
To make matters worse, his front wing dramatically broke free from his car.
He fell to ninth for repairs before recovering to fifth, but this will be a weekend to forget for the four-time world champion.
And fans went wild on Twitter about the incident – trolling Vettel.
One joked: “Sebastian Vettel has posters on his bedroom wall of Lewis Hamilton.”
While another added: “Sebastian Vettel, all by himself, lost Ferrari’s chance at a 1-2. Kimi’ll be back in that car for 2020.
One more said: “Leclerc might not have won, but make no mistake: this is the end of Sebastian Vettel. Charles is top dog at Ferrari now.”
And a final simply said: “’Spin’ is Sebastian Vettel middle name.”
Leclerc, in just his second race for Ferrari, was on course to become the third-youngest winner in Formula One history following a commanding drive.
But with just nine laps to run, Hamilton took advantage of the Ferrari’s lack of speed to sail past the young Monegasque and take an unlikely win, the first of his championship defence.
Valtteri Bottas was also the fortunate recipient of Leclerc’s demise to steal second place, and secure an improbable one-two for Mercedes.
Brit teenager Lando Norris crossed the line an impressive sixth for McLaren and his first Formula One points.
On Saturday, Leclerc came up with the goods to deliver a huge statement of intent by blowing away Vettel to become the sport’s second youngest pole-sitter, and 24 hours later carried on his fine form.
His start was poor and he fell to third, but after passing Bottas and then Vettel was back in charge just five laps later.
Leclerc was signed by Ferrari as an emerging talent, with Vettel’s number one status set to go unchallenged. Indeed, the paddock murmurings before today’s race centred on whether Ferrari would afford Vettel preferential treatment.
Leclerc took the took the decision out of his team’s hands before the late engine problem struck.
“What’s happening,” he yelled as it emerged Leclerc had lost significant straight-line speed.
There were heads in hands in the Ferrari garage as it became apparent the problem was terminal.
Hamilton had been nine seconds behind, but within just three laps he was all over the back of the Ferrari gearbox before biding his time to make his move and seal the 74th win of his career.