How Ferrari missed the chance to help Leclerc finish second in Singapore

How Ferrari missed the chance to help Leclerc finish second in Singapore 1
How Ferrari missed the chance to help Leclerc finish second in Singapore 1

With Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz finishing first, the Singapore Grand Prix on September 17 helped the audience not have to witness the results that are gradually becoming boring because Red Bull’s Max Verstpappen won all 10 previous races.

Leclerc walks in Ferrari’s technical area after the Singapore Grand Prix ended on September 17.

Two Ferrari drivers started in first and third positions.

During the time using the starting tires, Sainz was required to maintain a safe speed and try to keep the tires, although at that time the Spanish racer informed the home team via radio that for him the reduction was

Firstly, controlling the speed of the racing group will help Leclerc take good care of the soft tires, ensuring the life of the tires is extended until a safety car is available – which often appears in races on narrow streets.

The second, more profound reason is that compared to other drivers, both Mercedes drivers have reserved an extra set of average tires for the official race.

Approaching the first tire change, Ferrari began to widen the gap between the drivers when Leclerc was encouraged to create a 5-second gap with Sainz.

In fact, when the safety car was deployed, Sainz finished changing tires smoothly and returned to the track just ahead of Verstappen.

However, the actual developments that followed were not within Ferrari’s original expectations and unintentionally changed Leclerc’s race completely.

For each race, teams often take a measuring tape to mark a certain distance behind the tire changing area.

The cars right behind Leclerc to change tires on lap 20 were Russell, Norris and Hamilton.

The gap between Hamilton and Norris is clearly quite large at this time, and Hamilton is also slowing down to wait for Russell.

How Ferrari missed the chance to help Leclerc finish second in Singapore

Leclerc in the situation of leaving the technical area at the Singapore Grand Prix on September 17.

This is an important moment, a 50-50 decision between stopping the car or releasing it.

`There is also the hypothesis that when the race is over, the penalty of adding 5 seconds to the record will not be as large as the position Leclerc lost. But if more decisive, Ferrari has the opportunity to free the car from the tire changing area

Waiting to release the car also caused Leclerc, when returning to the track, to rank behind Sergio Perez – the racer who did not change tires when the safety car appeared on lap 20. This caused, after the safety car withdrew

A few minutes after changing the tire, Sainz began to slow the race team again to preserve the tires and prevent Mercedes from having the opportunity to switch to a 2-pit strategy.

Both Mercedes returned to the pits to switch to medium tires.

When informed about Mercedes’ strategy, Leclerc replied: `I think they made a reasonable choice`, and informed the team to plan for him to pit in the next round.

If Leclerc pits with Mercedes, it is still likely that the SF23 will still rank behind the two Mercedes cars at the finish line, even if they switch to the Monaco driver’s favorite soft tires.

How Ferrari missed the chance to help Leclerc finish second in Singapore

Leclerc at a corner on the Marina Bay racetrack, Singapore on September 17.

`If they handle it more decisively, Ferrari will help Leclerc have a good chance to finish second, behind teammate Carlos Sainz to close a perfect race. I am sure that the Italian team will have to carefully review their actions.`

Minh Phuong

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