Hamilton, who spoke in support of an under-fire Vettel earlier this season, was this week hailed by former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger as the only man "on the same level" as his ex-McLaren team-mate Ayrton Senna.
Ferrari has used team orders at all three of the opening races this year in an attempt to favour Leclerc's teammate Sebastian Vettel. They have employed team orders in every race so far and Leclerc was the recipient of them all.
Leclerc is 13 years younger than five-time world champion Hamilton, 34What does Leclerc say?
"I was fortunate to get the win here past year", admitted Hamilton, who has developed a habit of turning unpromising races into valuable podium finishes or wins.
"I'm disappointed that I didn't win from pole in China and I know that was all about the start", he said. He is doing a great job with huge expectations on him at a huge team like Ferrari.
Then-rookie Hamilton was partnered by two-time champion Fernando Alonso and the situation soured amid a series of incidents and team mismanagement, with Alonso departing after just one season. "I got to Formula One and how these teams are often set up, when you have a couple of scenarios where you've had multiple world champions who demand number one positions and therefore you become a number two and a supporting role".
"I understand how Charles feels because in his heart he believes he has the potential be the best and it is nearly like having your light dimmed". As a racer and a fierce competitor, you naturally rebel. "I'm fighting against both of them".
Leclerc said he would continue to accede to orders in specific situations after speaking with the Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto, but acknowledged Hamilton's viewpoint.
"He's driving so well, he just has to keep doing what he's doing, it'll come to him". "In some situations I will".
Can Ferrari finally win in Baku?
Mercedes have taken one-twos in all three races so far but Vettel played down the idea that this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix is a "must-win" race even though he is already 31 points - more than a clear win - behind Hamilton in the championship.
"We've been targeting to have some new bits and they are all targeted to make the vehicle faster". "We will see in future".
"I think it's normal that you try to do everything to perform well and I think everybody else is on the same page".