I have just finished watching the latest F1 race at Mexico and, as in the previous one, how Ferrari can throw away a lucky front row quali by making bad decisions.
Come on! They have the fastest car on the straights, and in current F1 there‘s no other way to overtake unless something terrible happens to the one in front, so... Why not copy your rival’s strategy and stay in front destroying their tyres and overheating everything else? Fear of the undercut? Just drive slow enought to keep the race packed and nobody will dare try the undercut because they will fall in the middle of way slower cars. Easy
Instead, Ferrari decided to push from the beginning, and it didn’t work at all. Even Albon was close enough to scare them when he went into boxes, so much so that they decided to pit Leclerc, who was first at that moment, to cover him! Really??? Since when is Albon a threat?
Leclerc‘s race was clearly ruined (for the hundredth time this seasson) but at least Vettel was still in front of Hamilton...
A few laps later Hamilton goes into boxes. Ferrari, following Vettel‘s advice, decides to stay out because they think that it’s too early for a one-stop race. Are you mad? You concede position thinking that a few laps better tyres will give your car wings and overtake your faster-than-you rival later on? In a race where having clean air is everything? And knowing that Mercedes had done more laps in testing with the hard tyres than all the rest together?
I couldn’t believe it. The only explanation I can find is that at Ferrari they all bet that Mercedes will win and they get rich by letting them do so, because it’s impossible that they have a group of people specialized in strategy that takes these appalling decisions.
I’m certainly no genious in these matters, but I can clearly tell when they have made a terrible mistake, the moment they make it. If from the ignorance of my sofa I can see these things, can somebody explain to me how can’t they see it too? Please, enlighten me in the comments.