Ferrari: Delayed France F1 radio messages made strategy look ‘nonsensical’

Ferrari says that delays by Formula 1 in broadcasting its radio messages to Carlos Sainz during the French Grand Prix were to blame for making its strategy calls look ‘nonsensical.’

Ferrari: Delayed France F1 radio messages made strategy look ‘nonsensical’

The Maranello outfit came under fire in the immediate aftermath of the Paul Ricard race when the television coverage gave the impression the pitwall was hesitant and confused by its tyre strategy for Sainz.

With the Spaniard running mediums, Ferrari had to decide late on whether or not his tyres were going to make it to the end – and eventually concluded he would need another stop.

But as Sainz battled with Sergio Perez to take a podium spot, the French GP broadcast showed Ferrari strangely calling him in just as he had overtaken his Red Bull rival – and once he was past the pit lane entry.

Ferrari’s strategy director Inaki Rueda has explained that the timing of that message being shown on television made it look like the team had made a huge mistake – whereas the reality was that things were much more under control than that.

Speaking in Ferrari’s regular post-race strategy debrief, Rueda said: “The way that television production feeds the data to the viewers, it has a delay in it.

“In this case, you saw Perez and Carlos were fighting on lap 41. We were talking to Carlos, and we saw that Carlos could not overtake Perez on the back straight, and in turn 10 we actually called Carlos in.

"Of course he was fighting with Perez. He thought he would have him the lap after, and that's why he decided to say: 'Please don't come in. Not this lap'.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

“Now, you are watching the television live. That call came on the television feed at Turn 15, right after the pit entry: which is nonsensical, because do we call the driver so late he cannot actually react to our call?"

Rueda said that with the anticipated tyre life of the medium tyre being 25 laps, and Sainz needing to get 35 laps out of them, pushing hard to the end with them was not going to be an option.

Plus, with a five-second time penalty for an unsafe release earlier in the race, there was no chance of Sainz pulling clear of Perez and George Russell behind him enough to hold on to the position.

So instead, Ferrari elected to leave it late enough to secure a guaranteed fifth spot and an extra point for fastest lap.

“This [penalty] actually changed our whole approach to that last stint, because even though Carlos had managed to overtake Russell and Perez, he was never going to be able to open a five second gap on them having to nurse those medium tyres to the end,” he said.

“With this in mind, we decided to pit Carlos and make sure that he came back and got an extra point for the fastest lap.”

shares
comments

Related video

The 2018 Vettel rut Leclerc must avoid in F1 2022's title fight
Previous article

The 2018 Vettel rut Leclerc must avoid in F1 2022's title fight

Next article

Red Bull F1 driver Perez to enter team in Agag's E1 powerboat series

Red Bull F1 driver Perez to enter team in Agag's E1 powerboat series
Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

Formula 1
Jan 27, 2023
The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023