Recently replaced my thermalpad,and i think i did it wrong ,i was seeing on google pics and it s not covered!
Down are 2 pics :1 mine,with thermal pad applied
2 from a google review on laptop
If after opening up your laptop, you did not notice thermal pads in that area, then yes, you should remove it. Given how it's not meant to be in contact with the hetapipe, you should remove the thermalpad.