Sebastian Vettel believes he had no choice but to try to pass Valtteri Bottas for the lead after the safety car restart on Lap 48 despite the move losing him a podium finish.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton after qualifying at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

But it could’ve been Kimi Raikkonen’s had he not made one crucial error.

Sebastian Vettel has secured his third successive pole in a nail-biting qualifying session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap of the final free practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but a late-session red flag left the competitive order unclear going into qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he struggled to get into the groove around the difficult Baku City Circuit after a difficult day of practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel on track at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel made it two poles in a row with a thrilling last-gasp lap to beat his teammate.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium at the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Ferrari had to earn its win at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel on track at the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel outfoxed Mercedes in the dying moments of the Bahrain Grand Prix to win his 200th race start.

Sebastian Vettel on track at the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel pipped teammate Kimi Raikkonen after the flag in Q3 to take pole in his 200th race.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the 2018 Australian Grand Prix podium.

Ferrari capitalised on good fortune to snatch victory from Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton.