The radio team between Charles Leclerc and the Ferrari wall before the disastrous last pit stop of the Monegasque in the Belgian GP of the Formula 1 2022 reveals how the Monegasque has tried, unsuccessfully, to change the minds of the men of the Cavallino.
Despite the third place of Carlos Sainz there Ferrari is the real defeat of the Belgian Grand Prix of Formula 1 2022 and not only for the embarrassing gap accused by Red Bull with Max Verstappen who managed to easily win a race in which he even started 14th. In addition to the obvious setback of the F1-75, what is worrying is it poor feeling among the most talented driver Charles Leclerc (who only discovered during TV interviews that he was penalized) and the wall of the Cavallino.
After the mistake in qualifying (irrelevant for the final result), in the final of the Spa-Francorchamps race in fact, the strategists of the Maranello team have decided to risk doing the Monegasque returned to the pits on the penultimate lap to mount soft tires and attempt the assault on the fastest lap held until then (and even after the checkered flag) by leader Max Verstappen. The margin over Fernando Alonso estimated by the men of the Italian team, however, was not true and so, back on track, the 24-year-old from Monte-Carlo was overtaken by the Spaniard from the Alpine penalty remedied by Leclerc for having exceeded, on that occasion, the speed limits in pitlane of one km / h).
A real joke for the Ferrari driver who therefore in an attempt to earn a point in the world championship standings, he instead found himself losing two points due to his own mistake (in deactivating the limiter too early) but to execute a strategy he didn’t agree withas the radio team staged with his track engineer Xavi Marcos just before returning to the pits for the pit stop which after the race cost him a penalty and the overtaking by Alonso in the order of arrival of the Belgian race.
When the 42nd session is about to end on the radio from the wall they call the pit stop (“Box in this round“), but Leclerc is not convinced of the choice and tries to change the team’s mind:”I would avoid taking risks this time“in fact, the Monegasque replies and then adds”If you really want to try it, I’ll do it … But I wouldn’t risk it anyway“reiterating their hesitation.
Marcos’s answer (and therefore the Ferrari wall) leaves no room for interpretation: “Box now, box!“the Spanish engineer yells on the radio at the last chicane before entering the pit lane. At that point Leclerc (who could also have gone straight in contravention of the team’s call) returns to the pits and from there what must have been a partial consolation turned instead into the apotheosis of the Cavallino disaster in Spa.
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