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Fans think Ferrari cost Vettel a place on the podium with their mistake in Spanish Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel has enjoyed a better-than-expected start to the 2018 Formula One season with back-to-back victories in the opening races.

His form has gone against the pre-season predictions that rivals Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton would run away with the championship for the fifth year in a row - a worry that dominated the season's build up.

Instead, things have been very competitive and while Hamilton leads the standings, Vettel and Ferrari have looked like potential champions.

Things have, however, started to slip a bit.

Vettel took three consecutive poles in Bahrain, China, and Azerbaijan but only converted the first into a victory, failing to achieve even podium finishes in the latter two.

Vettel qualified in third for the Spanish Grand Prix, although fell to fourth by the finish, giving up further ground in the race for the championship to Hamilton.

But fans haven't blamed the German for his poor result in Barcelona - instead blaming Ferrari for a massive error.

Ferrari pitted Vettel twice in the race, believing that would be the consensus among teams.

But their rivals decided it was a one-pit race, costing Vettel the time needed to finish on the podium.

And the consensus seems to be that it's decisions like this that will prevent Vettel and Ferrari from beating Mercedes this season.

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The race wasn't one to remember for Ferrari who also saw Kimi Raikkonen retire at lap 27 with a loss of power.

That leaves the Finn ten points from Valtteri Bottas in third, while Vettel is now 17 away from the lead.

Worries may begin to creep in after Hamilton took victory from pole in Spain - will Mercedes run away with this one after all?

Bottas' second-place finish was his third of the season as he continues his progress and will be eyeing up Vettel and wondering if he can help complete a season one-two with his teammate.

The early season doubts over the competitiveness of Formula One may be coming to fruition.

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Valtteri Bottas
Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
Mercedes
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