Ferrari: Red Bull’s pit stop bluff caught

Ferrari succeeded with its strategy in the Abu Dhabi race to give second place to Charles Leclerc and he finished in second place in the drivers’ championship.

After the race the Monegasque stated that Ferrari made the best choices in race strategy, with him only making one pit stop, with Ferrari bluffing for two, a bluff caught and Red Bull making two pit stops to Sergio Perez.

Specifically, on the 33rd lap of the race, Ferrari bluffed, calling Leclerc into the pits, with Red Bull “answering” Ferrari’s call, putting Perez in the pits for a second tire change.

Ferrari had agreed to this bluff before the race though and so Leclerc made only one tire change on lap 21, a strategy that seemed to work and gave him the coveted second place. Leclerc said:

I have to say that everything we did was exactly what we wanted to do. This was planned before the match. I can say it now, we bluffed with the second pit stop and Red Bull fell into our trap and made a second pit stop. So we did everything perfectly. I am very proud of our strategy and its execution.

There was a lot of pressure with all the rumors that came out this week [σ.σ: Απομάκρυνση Binotto], but also because of the pressure to maintain second place in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. But we executed the right strategy under that much pressure, we gave our best, which makes me very proud of the team.

I don’t think in pure pace we were better than Red Bull. I think Red Bull were stronger than us. But we pushed them to make mistakes and made them make two pit stops which eventually paid off. So we are very happy.

Mattia Binotto praised the way the team’s strategy was implemented to help Leclerc finish second. Specifically he said:

I believe that the virtual call definitely caused Red Bull to make the second pit stop. I think it’s great for the team, it’s great for the strategy people and it’s great to have had a good race weekend this weekend.

I think Ferrari’s second place in the constructors’ championship and Charles’ second place in the drivers’ championship was the balance of the whole season, not just today. But today we definitely did the right job.

Red Bull’s pitstop bluff was the right move. And I think overall we got it right. I’m so happy for them, I’m happy for the team. I think when Ferrari make mistakes there is always a lot of criticism. But I also know these kids can do really well.


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