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A tense day on the Ferrari and Mercedes pit walls as Sebastian Vettel formed a race-leading but pace-compromised bottleneck, with team-mate Kimi Räikkönen trapped behind, obliged not to pass but under threat from the Mercedes pair, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. As a steering offset on the race-leading Ferrari became progressively more pronounced, so Vettel stayed off the kerbs as much as was feasible around a track where kerb usage is extensive, thus slowing him considerably. Enough for Räikkönen to quickly eat into the earlier 3sec margin Vettel had established until he too was consigned to Vettel’s compromised pace – allowing the Mercs to come at them. What to do? With Sergio Marchionne and Piero Ferrari looking on, the Ferrari pit wall pondered on whether it was about to lose the race for the sake of keeping Vettel ahead of Räikkönen.