Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2024

How Leclerc blew another wet weather tyre call while Sainz nailed it

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The British Grand Prix was the latest in a series of rain-affected events where one Ferrari driver called the conditions correctly and the other blew it.

Charles Leclerc was left to count the cost of a hasty switch to intermediate tyres when rain began to fall at Silverstone.

His team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr, meanwhile not only avoided that mistake but chose arguably the perfect lap to switch to intermediates, taking around two seconds out of eventual winner Lewis Hamilton as a result.

This is the latest in a series of costly errors Leclerc and his race engineer have made in unpredictable wet weather conditions. It is the first since Bryan Bozzi replaced Xavier Marcos Padros as the voice in Leclerc’s ear.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2024
Leclerc and his crew went into the race expecting rain
In Sochi three years ago Leclerc, having made up 15 places to run fourth when rain arrived, committed the same error as race leader Lando Norris by staying out on slicks tyres too long when rain arrived. That duff call left him out of the points at the end of the race, while Sainz came in for intermediates earlier and bagged a podium finish as a result.

The following year Leclerc threw away a potential win in Monaco with an unnecessary tyre change on a slowly drying track. Ferrari wanted both drivers to replace their worn intermediate tyres with fresh sets, but Sainz overruled them and remained on-track until the conditions were dry enough for slicks, moving him ahead of his team mate. Leclerc’s plight worsened when he lost more time pitting behind Sainz later in the race, but the initial call had already set him on course to lose victory.

Similar calls have caught Leclerc out in qualifying sessions. Later in 2022, as rain threatened at Interlagos during Q3, the Ferrari drivers again opted for different tyres. Leclerc was the only driver in the session to head out on intermediates and missed his opportunity to set a time on slicks when the track was dry enough. A similar situation occured during Q2 in Canada last year.

At Silverstone last weekend the difference between the information the Ferrari drivers received was stark. Sainz was given detailed guidance on the levels of rain at different parts of the circuit, while Leclerc’s information was less frequent and detailed. This led him to another costly tyre choice error.

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Leclerc and Sainz’s radio when rain arrived

Jump to:

“Nothing to be worried about”
“We expect heavy rain now”
“Right now it’s cyan”
“Wait a second before boxing”
“You guys are doing a good job”
“We will have to stop for another inter”
“I’m slower than the slick guys on the wet”
“Looks stable, okay box”

“Nothing to be worried about”

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2024

As the field lined up on the grid the radar showed a significant band of rain to the west of the track which was around half an hour away from reaching it. However other, smaller showers were also passing close by, which occupied the engineers’ attention over the opening laps.

Leclerc started 11th, four places behind Sainz, but gained three at the start. The pair had Lance Stroll between them until Leclerc found a way by on lap 13, leaving just four seconds of clear air between the two Ferraris:

Lap: 3/52 LEC: 1’32.369, SAI: 1’32.102
Bozzi We expect some drops in 10 laps and maybe a bit more rain in 15 to 20 laps.
Lap: 4/52 LEC: 1’32.705, SAI: 1’32.045
Adami And two laps, drop in 15. Nothing to be worried about.
Lap: 5/52 LEC: 1’32.697, SAI: 1’31.939
Bozzi Some light drops in turn 15 might be there, but no worry. Adami In around 12 laps from now will be going to yellow intensity lasting three laps. In 12 laps from now-ish.
Sainz Copy.
Lap: 6/52 LEC: 1’32.758, SAI: 1’31.900
Bozzi Some possible spots in turn 15.
Lap: 9/52 LEC: 1’32.326, SAI: 1’32.484
Bozzi Rain expected in seven laps, lasting for 10 minutes. Adami And in five laps we will start with blue intensity.
Bozzi We need to be patient. The rain will come. Adami So the rain is approaching last sector: 15,16, that part of the track.
Lap: 10/52 LEC: 1’32.496, SAI: 1’32.362
Adami Will last five laps.
Adami From what we can see, it will be blue for two laps and a green to yellow for two laps.
Sainz Yeah looks quite heavy from here.
Lap: 11/52 LEC: 1’32.348, SAI: 1’32.123
Bozzi And first drops expected in four to five laps. Sainz What do you think? Shall we push a bit now to…
Adami Yeah, indeed.
Sainz …be sure we have margin?
Adami Russell lap time 31.6 and Stroll behind 32.6.
Adami In is five laps, cyan intensity.
Lap: 12/52 LEC: 1’32.236, SAI: 1’32.358
Bozzi Rain in three to four laps. Sainz Status four?
Adami Yep, that’s good for us. And Stroll 32.3.
Lap: 13/52 LEC: 1’31.989, SAI: 1’32.251
Bozzi Very light drops in the pit lane. Adami Very light drops in the pit lane.
Bozzi We expect class two to three rain in one to two laps. Adami Cyan in three laps. Growing to green, yellow in two laps.
Bozzi Leclerc passes Stroll
Bravo.
Sainz Okay. Describe the rain quick.
Adami Copy. Russell 31.7, car behind is Charles, 4.2 seconds behind.

“We expect heavy rain now”

Sainz’s race engineer Ricardo Adami described the incoming rain using noticeably different language to Bozzi on Leclerc’s radio. He described the rain using the same colour codes seen on the weather radar. This shows light rain in cyan and heavier precipitation in green and then yellow.

After the race Sainz said they had worked on this before the race. “I had studied a lot the weather and everything with my engineer,” he said. “So I was very confident going into the race that we were capable of getting the calls right today. We did some good runs in FP1 and FP2 to measure the conditions, and today we were fully ready.”

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Lap: 14/52 LEC: 1’32.396, SAI: 1’32.106
Bozzi Sainz ahead, 32.2. Adami In two laps cyan sector three.
Bozzi Leclerc at Hangar straight
Rain expected in this sector next lap.
Lap: 15/52 LEC: 1’32.755, SAI: 1’31.916
Bozzi Carlos lap time 32.1. Adami Russell lap time 31.5, Charles lap time 32.4. Cyan for one lap and going to green-yellow in two laps.
Bozzi Higher intensity rain in two laps, two to three laps.
Lap: 16/52 LEC: 1’32.923, SAI: 1’32.455
Bozzi We expect heavy rain now. It’s going to happen soon. Sainz Now it’s cyan. yeah? This is cyan.
Bozzi This heavy rain should last two to three laps, then stop, then maybe other rain. Adami Cyan now.
Adami In one lap, green to yellow, lasting two to three laps.
Sainz Okay. Be specific when that arrives if it’s green or yellow.
Sainz Okay wet sector three now.

“Right now it’s cyan”

Another difference between the two drivers’ radio messages was that Sainz was given specific information about how much rain was falling on individual corners or sectors of the track. This made him better able to judge how long he could survive on slick tyres on a wet track as his lap times rose by as much as eight seconds.

A further factor in Leclerc’s decision appears to be that he suffered a greater loss of grip when the rain fell than Sainz did. His lap times rose by around a second more than his team mate’s. Leclerc may have taken more out of his tyres while he was behind Stroll and therefore their temperature dropped more quickly as rain cooled the track.

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Lap: 17/52 LEC: 1’35.280, SAI: 1’34.228
Bozzi Carlos 32.5. Sainz Turn 15 the most wet.
Bozzi Turn 15 [Stowe] wet. Leader still staying out. Adami Copy. It will be yellow sector three for one lap. Right now it’s cyan turn 15.
Sainz Only that part of the track, or…
Adami Correct.
Adami Also cyan six and seven.
Sainz Yeah. Cyan six and seven now.
Adami Copy. Green-yellow sector three right now. Watch out turn 15.
Sainz Let me know if cars are going off. Let me know if cars are going off.
Adami Nobody is going off.
He exits Stowe
That’s the wettest part.
Lap: 18/52 LEC: 1’35.951, SAI: 1’34.310
Bozzi And back to mode ‘race’. This should last another three, four laps. And lap times are still for slicks. Inters is one minute 40. Adami Lasting two to three laps right now. Like this, sector three.
Bozzi Heavy rain in the pit lane, class two to three. Sainz Copy. Keep me posted for box.
Leclerc How long will it last? Adami Copy.
Bozzi Another 10 minutes later. Leaders still staying out. Adami Green is sector three. Green in sector three. Right toggle turn 15 and watch out for [unclear].
Leclerc Get ready.

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“Wait a second before boxing”

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2024

Leclerc signalled early on lap 19 than he intended to pit. He hesitated at the end of the lap, then committed to his decision.

Sainz, who was being told the heavy rain was only falling in the final sector, stayed out.

Lap: 19/52 LEC: 1’45.868, SAI: 1’40.510
Bozzi We expect this to be the heaviest. And 10 minutes like this. Adami Two laps like this, cyan in all the track.
Leclerc At Village
Box.
Adami One, two laps like this and then less rain. Careful sector three.
Bozzi Copy. Adami And Max 2.4 in front and Charles is 12 behind.
Leclerc My rears are… I’m struggling like crazy with the rears. Wait a second before boxing because part of the track is fully dry.
Leclerc Box, box.
Bozzi Copy, box. We box for inters. Leader still staying out. And target seven.

“You guys are doing a good job”

As Sainz realised he had weathered the worst of the initial band of rain, he offered his praise to his engineers. But as Leclerc left the pits on intermediates he saw the skies were lightening and began to realise his mistake.

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Lap: 20/52 LEC: 2’00.269, SAI: 1’36.538
Leclerc Leclerc enters the pits
Is rain going to get heavier?
Adami Could be next lap reducing in intensity, for info.
Bozzi In five minutes and then maybe even later. Close to Bottas pit exit, K2 off turn six. And take care on the tyres. You are ahead of Bottas, he’s coming behind. Sainz I’m happy on slicks.
Bozzi And status ‘management’ in the high-speed. Adami Okay good.
Bozzi So currently slicks three to four seconds faster. Just don’t kill the tyres and let’s wait for it to get worse. Sainz Hey, you guys are doing a good job.
Leclerc At Club
It’s not getting heavy at all, eh?
Adami Yeah. Keep it there, head down.
Adami Intensity reducing now. Still cyan though.
Lap: 21/52 LEC: 1’42.846, SAI: 1’33.507
Leclerc Bottas passes Leclerc around the outside of Leclerc
I’m destroying the tyres. Keep updating me on weather.
Adami There’s solid blues in front of Verstappen for Zhou. Verstappen lap time 7.1.
Bozzi Yes, it’s in three laps now. In three laps. Adami Highest intensity in 13, one three, but is passing.
Leclerc Oh for fuck’s sake that changes everything.
Bozzi We need to survive this. Next car behind is Perez on inters.

“We will have to stop for another inter”

Although more rain was coming, Leclerc had to run his intermediates on a largely dry track for so long than they became useless and had to be replaced when more rain arrived.

Lap: 22/52 LEC: 1’44.352, SAI: 1’32.157
Leclerc Update? Adami And blue intensity so no more rain for three laps, no more rain for three laps.
Bozzi So one to laps, class one to two. Then intensity to three in another two laps more. So five laps heavier rain. Sainz Copy. And next shower when?
Leclerc I’ve got slick tyres now. Adami Cyan in three laps. Increasing to green-yellow eventually. You are faster than Max.
Bozzi We will have to stop for another inter when the next rain comes. Adami Yeah. Now it’s gone to fully dry.
Leclerc Yeah of course. Sainz Understood. Let’s go.
Lap: 23/52 LEC: 1’46.593, SAI: 1’32.297
Bozzi Some rain reported in turn nine. More rain coming in max two laps. Sainz Bit of rain in turn nine.
Bozzi DRS enabled. Perez behind, 1’44.9 on inters. Adami Copy.
Bozzi More rain in turn 15. Sainz Cyan in intensity in sector three now.

“I’m slower than the slick guys on the wet”

Leclerc lost so much time Sainz lapped him. With more rain arriving, Sainz was finally preparing to make a pit stop.

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Lap: 24/52 LEC: 1’51.732, SAI: 1’32.734
Bozzi When you can, not urgent, secondary KC position one. Adami In two laps will be green in sector three. In two laps will be green intensity in sector three.
Bozzi The leaders catch Leclerc to lap him
Next car behind is Norris. Flashing blue. Solid blues for Norris behind.
Sainz Will it cover the whole track?
Bozzi Next car behind is Piastri. Adami Yes, it will last like around 15 laps.
Bozzi Leclerc goes off at Abbey
Solid blues for Hamilton.
Sainz Okay. Get ready for the inter then.
Bozzi Next car behind Perez for position. Adami Yeah, we are ready. It’s your call.
Leclerc I’m slower than the slick guys on the wet. Sainz Let me know as soon as it hits.
Adami It’s cyan on all the track right now.
Sainz Okay one more lap
Adami Copy.
Lap: 25/52 LEC: 1’49.301, SAI: 1’35.143
Bozzi We can see. Next car is Verstappen and Sainz. Sainz When it’s getting – this lap or next lap?
Bozzi And solid blues. Adami Still cyan, still cyan.
Bozzi Okay next car behind is Perez on inters. Sainz Prediction, quickly.
Bozzi Secondary FM position one. Rain now increasing and lasting 20 minutes. Adami Still cyan next lap, still cyan next lap.
Sainz Get ready next lap.
Adami Copy.

“Looks stable, okay box”

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2024

Sainz hesitated as the track conditions worsened again. But on lap 26 he was even slower than he had been during the earlier rain, and finally came in.

Lap: 26/52 LEC: 1’45.655, SAI: 1’42.481
Bozzi And we’re planning on boxing this lap for a new set of inters. Sainz Be ready. Okay, box this lap. For how long this rain?
Leclerc Is the rain going to get much heavier? Adami 20 minutes.
Bozzi It will stay like this for another 20 minutes. Same intensity. Sainz Box this lap.
Leclerc Now that we are [unclear] I will stay on them ’til [unclear]. Adami Copy. Copy, box for inters. Let’s stay as agreed for flap. Stay aggressive.
Sainz Okay. Maybe not. How long like this. Is it going to get worse? Okay, box, box.
Adami Looks stable, looks stable, okay box. Okay, box. Leaders are staying out. Okay, box. Pit confirm and box.
Sainz Yeah. It’s coming, yeah, the rain?
Lap: 27/52 LEC: 1’45.912, SAI: 2’01.664
Bozzi So everyone now boxing for their new inters. Perez behind stayed out. Flashing blue for Norris coming out now. Solid blues for Norris behind. Adami Yeah. It’s coming. Tyre position seven.
Bozzi Flashing blues for Hamilton. Solid blues. Sainz What are people on slicks doing?
Adami 10 to 15 minutes like this. Track is for inters.
Sainz Yes. Good job.
Adami Leaders are boxing now.

After the race Leclerc admitted his decision was “clearly the wrong one” at the time.

“With the message I got and the information I had in the car, I felt like it was the right one,” he said. “It was raining quite a lot in [Stowe].

“I was told that in this lap the rain was going to be very heavy, so I stopped to try and anticipate. However the rain came eight or nine laps later. So that was obviously the end of our race from that moment on.”

Sainz’s call was not only correct, but superbly timed. He came in on the same lap as Max Verstappen, and on the next lap most of the leaders copied them. But it was a fine call both ways: Oscar Piastri pitted two laps after Sainz and ruined his afternoon.

“We executed a perfect race,” said Sainz afterwards. “Honestly, all the calls were pretty much spot-on. All the tyres, all the radio calls.”

Leclerc is an excellent wet-weather driver, but his decision-making has often been found wanting in conditions like these. He and his engineer would do well to observe how the other side of the Ferrari garage is avoiding these mistakes that keep happening.

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34 comments on “How Leclerc blew another wet weather tyre call while Sainz nailed it”

  1. I think Ferrari is thinking they contracted the wrong rookie … Charles is nowwhere when things aren’t standard situation.

    1. He fears rain, just like his engineers, past and present.
      Even a blind man wouldn’t fit wet boots on a dry surface, but Ferrari has 1000+ employees to judge it.

      1. It always makes me wonder. If rain is the great equalizer that allows the greats to really shine, and Leclerc has never shone in it, can he really be considered amongst the Verstappens and Hamiltons?

        I think of this new crop (Russell, Leclerc, Norris and Verstappen) only Verstappen has really shown himself to be special in the rain.

        1. Alain Prost in an all-time great but he was nowhere in the wet.

        2. Norris is really good in the wet, in russia 2021 he kept hamilton behind on light rain when both had slicks, then he was left out on slicks for a lap on heavy rain and didn’t crash, he did the best he could in the circumstances, and whenever he’s given the right tyre he looks one of the best of the current field on the wet.

        3. Agree with @esploratore1 that Norris is pretty good. Hamilton and Verstappen are so good because they’re both smooth drivers who balance the car well and have an extremely fine sense of adherence. Sainz is curiously excellent in another way, excellent track sensitivity and reactions. He nearly always drives better than Leclerc in the rain or when track conditions are tricky. Leclerc just seems to lack the same level of ‘feel’ of the track and tyre adherence of the others. Also maybe why he sometimes inexplicably just loses it and spins out of the race. Russell, I’m not sure. Kind of there in the rain without being brilliant.

    2. Charles seems to have a win or bust mentality, or doesn’t see the bigger picture. I think his call to box was at least partly driven by losing 1s a lap to Sainz in the damp conditions. Verstappen was losing similar amounts of time to the front runners, and had trouble with his first set of tyres, but was smart enough not to panic and switch to wets.

  2. The sad thing is that Ferrari will probably not learn from this and we will continue to see the same type of problems resulting from the communication between the pit wall and the driver. I think Charles puts too much faith in the pit wall telling him what he needs to know, whereas Carlos has clearly learned that he needs to get more raw information from them in order to make better decisions.

  3. I’ve seen Ferrari do this many times. The driver is on inters and they say “it will rain in 5 minutes”.

    In 5 minute the inters will be destroyed already!! What’s the point?

    1. If the inters lose 15 seconds total lap time in those 5 minutes, fine. Not pitting, you probably save 5-10 seconds. But when the inters lose you 35 seconds, and now you’re 15 seconds farther down the track than you would be for pitting, you have chosen poorly.

      Ferrari keeps choosing poorly.

      1. But they will be unusable when the rain hits anyway. Ferrari did the exact same thing with Raikkonen in Malaysia ’09.

        And they told him the exact same thing too.

        “It’s not even raining”
        “Wait a little bit. It’s coming”.

        It came indeed. Way too late for those tyres.

  4. It’s a lasting pattern. I don’t say that Sainz is necessarily the smarter driver of the two (probably is), it’s more about Leclerc not even trying to think for himself in some situations when he probably should’ve. Perhaps there’s more potential there, but he’s out of practise and probably lacking some confidence with making his own decisions too, so even when he dares to make a call he’s not really able to focus and think fast.
    Brain needs practise too, not only when it comes to reflexes and memorizing tracks, procedures etc. Leclerc should probably work on his decision making process, as well as his capability to multitask. He’s had Sainz around for a while, it’s a bit silly that he didn’t try to emulate him a bit and steal some of his tricks. If he could that he’d become a complete package like Verstappen or Alonso, or at least Hamilton (who also prefers relying on his team and can make wrong decisions, but he can obviously judge the conditions on track with much more confidence).
    In the end, not every driver reaches his full potential. It’s not written that Leclerc will ever become a champion, let alone a champion above Button or Rosberg category.

  5. Sainz is really good at strategically thinking while he’s in the car and asking the right questions of his engineer, consistently shown this over his career. I said it before but he’s kind of in the wrong era, he’d have been extremely successful in the pre-radio F1 era where drivers had to make more decisions themselves without being spoon fed everything. There’s less chances to show this in modern day F1, but you can still see it paying off for him from time to time.

  6. The golden rule, whether you need to make one pit stop or ten.
    Be on the right tyres at the right time. With more than half the track OK for slicks, slicks it should be.

    Ferrari had the information, but communication to Charles’ car was too poor.

  7. He described the rain using the same colour codes seen on the weather radar.

    Simple but smart.

    1. @ruliemaulana I agree though maybe potential for confusion with the flag colours.

    2. Doesn’t seem so to me. With a number system, 1 for light, etc. it’s way easier to comprehend the differences in intensity. The color words just seem confusing and subject to mis-interpretation, especially over a car radio. Intensity 2 becoming intensity 3 just makes more sense than cyan becoming green.

      1. True but note that Sainz said he and his engineer studied the weather radar presentation. So they would have the same image in mind using the colors of how clouds were moving and changing. Sainz was able to visualize exactly what Adami was seeing in his screen. They really studied well for this.

      2. @stever

        With a number system, 1 for light, etc. it’s way easier to comprehend the differences in intensity

        If that was the only number system in use, then your approach makes sense, but it could add confusion in this situation, i.e. intensity 1 in corner 3 and intensity 3 in corner 1 with diff map button at 2 etc etc they already have too many numbering systems to remember.

        I think they chose wisely and I suspect using cyan instead of blue was to differentiate between blue flags, and mentioning green/yellow together also to remove chance for misinterpretation, (although gold instead of yellow might have been a better option)

        Regardless of system, a good understanding between driver and engineer is needed and needs to be refined, so Charles and Bozzi have some homework to do.

  8. I do feel for Leclerc. He has had to deal with a whole bunch of issues that make his head-to-head with Sainz look worse than it probably should. But. This is not the first year this happens, and it’s not even the second.

    At some point, if a driver cannot get the team to rally around him, to go that extra step to support him, to be on their toes at all times to do their best job then it’s not going to be good enough to beat the likes of Hamilton, of Verstappen.

    As the famous quip from The Wire goes, Leclerc is having way too many ‘forth degree days’.

    1. Forty degree days, that is. Thanks auto-correct.

      But on that note, this is Leclerc’s sixth year at Ferrari. That’s a long time. That’s longer than Alonso was at Renault, longer than Räikkönen was at McLaren. It’s how long Vettel was at Red Bull and Hamilton was at McLaren.

      I wonder if at some point a change of scenery will do him good.

      1. Mmm, as you’re doing comparisons, he’s gonna reach the amount of years vettel was at ferrari when this season ends, as I recall he was there since 2015 and stayed till the end of 2020, so 6 full years.

  9. I’m under the impression that in recent years whenever it’s a wets/inters toss up, the inters always win, and when it’s a slicks/inters toss up, the slicks always win. So basically the drier tyres always win.

  10. I’ve a few thoughts on this. Firstly, I’m going to afford the new race engineer some slack given the conditions did seem more marginal than the times suggest.

    Secondly, making one bad choice is acceptable, continuing on for another 5 laps praying for weather that you know isn’t coming isn’t. Even a move to the soft for half a dozen laps would have been a better option.

    Finally, and most importantly, why do Ferrari have contradictory information to each driver on the same lap? Leclerc chooses to box being told it’s 10 mins of bad weather when he’s at the wettest part of the track. Sainz is told it’s 2 laps. Leclerc’s then told it’s about to get heavier in 5 minutes and Sainz is told the intensity is reducing. Both engineers are looking at the same data and giving totally different verbal updates.

    Fundamentally, they jumped the gun when Charles tyres were going off but it’s indicative of the same problems we saw under Binotto – the data isn’t being read clearly. That panic cost Norris the race against Bono and Lewis and also shows why Max and GP are so successful. Driver and engineer must be in tandem and on Sunday it was another pit wall horror show from Ferrari.

    1. I hadn’t heard that about Sainz and Leclerc basically having two different ideas of how the rain would unfold. That’s indeed pretty bad. You’d think they would at least sort of sync intel on the pitwall before they make such important decisions.

    2. @RBAlonso

      Driver and engineer must be in tandem and on Sunday it was another pit wall horror show from Ferrari.

      They must trust each other implicitly too, like a rally driver and their co-driver. Norris has this issue too, the engineer needs to be strong and confident in what they are telling their driver, they must come from a position of having full faith in the information they are giving to the driver, if the driver doesn’t trust the engineer then it is unlikely to ever be a successful partnership. All well and good when everything is going smoothly but when the pressure is on, that’s when it really matters. GL and Max, both push each other and both push back too, Carlos and Adami have it too, I suspect coming from a rally background Carlos would have a lot better understanding than most about how important these relationships and how much trust is involved.

  11. When everything is going great for both cars I’d put my money on Charles over Sainz but we’ve seen for years dating back before Ferrari that Sainz is just a more strategic minded driver out on the track and many times he’s thinking about what’s best for both cars not only himself. I understand keeping Charles, he is three years younger but Hamilton is 10 years older than Sainz and I just believe it was a mistake to swap Sainz out of that seat in favor of Hamilton. I don’t think it’s going to matter that much though as Bearman is likely taking that seat in ’26/’27 anyway.

    1. Wow, if bearman takes the seat in 2026 it’s basically an admission going for hamilton was a bad idea, they wouldn’t keep him only a year if he were successful.

  12. Great report and a lot of work went into this. Racefans just put Bozzi on a Performance Improvement Plan. The only thing he forgot to say was “we are checking.”

  13. So, being given the wrong information (despite the right information presumably being available in the same garage) constitutes blowing a tyre call? Charles had an extra set of soft tyres due to missing Q2, and this would have been the perfect moment to use it – if he’d been allowed to do so.

    1. No, indeed, I didn’t know he was given the incorrect information, but without knowing the situation I immediately guessed the team was to blame, it’s so ferrari-like to let drivers out on wrong tyres.

      Agree the softs would’ve been a good idea in such situation, however he would’ve had to recover the pit stop time in few laps, before pitting again for inters, so I’m not sure if it’d have worked better than just waiting it out on the tyres he had on, but certainly way better than what they did.

  14. We are checking…

  15. This is the kind of articles I’m here for. Great!

  16. Why is Ferrari telling Leclerc 10 minutes of this intensity rain and at the same time telling Sainz one to two laps (3 minutes or less)????

    I doubt it has much to do with relaying the “colors” of the rain and more to do with the fact that they told Leclerc the heaviest rain would last 6 laps (10 minutes) and it lasted… one.

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