The British Grand Prix 2022a very eventful race and therefore difficult to decipher in real time, saw Charles Leclerc among the disappointed of the day, clearly penalized by theentry of the Safety Car onto the track following the technical problem that hit Esteban Ocon’s Alpine. The Monegasque Ferrari was leading the race and to preserve his position on the track, the wall of the Prancing Horse did not call him to the pits to mount fresh Soft tires, as instead did with teammate Carlos Sainz, later winner . At the end of the race, the media and fans concentrated so much on the strategy of the Red Team, which led it to win success at Silverstone, but which saw Leclerc, the best-placed driver in the world rankings, slide to fourth place.
“In a similar situation common sense says to give priority to whoever is in front so that he does not lose positions on the track. There is nothing strange about our strategy“, The team principal wanted to explain Mattia Binotto in response to the criticisms received, adding: “The priority was as always who is in front, in this case Charles. He had fresher tires, if we had stopped him our rivals would have opted for an opposite strategy and would have gained positions, also having almost new tires. It is the same strategy used for Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi race last year: did not return to the pits. At the same time, with Carlos we have opted for an opposite strategy so as not to miss any chances. If we didn’t, putting both drivers on the same strategy, we would have risked losing the race literally handing over the victory to our opponents ”.
Another debate arose from the management – prior to the Safety Car – of the positions on the track between Sainz and Leclerc, with the two swapped positions probably lateaccording to the common perception of the fans: “At that moment it was not necessary to do so and there was still a long time to make that decision. For us the priority continues to be maximizing the team result. Team orders come only when this is in jeopardy. It happened during the second stint, when we asked Carlos to give up the position because he wasn’t fast enough and our opponents were about to catch up with us.“, Highlighted Binotto.
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