In addition to Ferrari’s whitewashed wheel change and Williams ’George Russell’s self-assembled masonry, Racing Point’s rubber-tactical by-catch was the biggest buck for Sunday’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
After Sergio Perez worked his way to the front of the field for a prolonged first leg, the team took 3rd place inherited from Max Verstappen’s unexpected elimination, as Mexicans were called to change wheels like Mercedes pilots during a safety car leg ordered to save Red Bull, while Renault Ricciardo of renault behind him and Charles Leclerc of Ferraris were kept out by the team – and Perez couldn’t even get through the fresh soft tires in the last few laps, eventually finishing only 6th.
“Clearly we had the podium in our hands, I’m disappointed I missed it. In retrospect, it’s always easy to be critical, but you really should have stayed out, kept the position. But I don’t want to hurt the team, the main thing is to learn from it, ”said the Mexican, who will have to leave at the end of the year as he was replaced by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Racing Point-winner Daniel Ricciardo, who finished 3rd on hard-mixed tires much older than Perez, didn’t even understand what they were doing to the rival:
“Before Verstappen was eliminated, the 5th place seemed pretty certain, today’s pace was enough. Leclerc came after me, but I felt like I was fast enough to keep it behind me. But Perez was faster, he was the fourth best of the day. But then Max’s problem came and Perez went out under the safety car. He was quite surprised. But I also grinned that okay, they gave me the third place! ” Said the Australian after the race.
Racing Point technical chief Andy Green explained the blama:
“We were afraid the hard tires wouldn’t be able to heat up fast enough. That’s why we saw switching to soft tires as the safest option, plus we thought our opponents would do the same. ”
Team boss Otmar Szafnauer also spoke about the vest:
“We decided to stand because we were afraid it would be hard to get the hard ones running after the safety car. Those behind us, on the other hand, did the opposite, staying out on the very old tires, winning a position. Unfortunately, due to George Russell’s accident, the safety car section dragged on, leaving Sergio even less time to take advantage of the rubber benefits of fresh soft. In the end, we had to get to 6th place. ”
Racing Point can very much regret the points dropped and even passed on to the rival, as the race for the 3rd place in the constructors is insanely close, Renault is third with 135 points after the race in Imola, while McLaren and Perez are 134-134 points in the 4th place. 5. place.