Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Ferrari has revealed that it used a brilliant trick to get Red Bull faked into pitting Sergio Perez at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"Box opposite Red Bull."

However, the message was not real as Leclerc was long committed to a one-stop, and Ferrari was using the call to only make it look like it was going for a two-stop.

The trickery worked as Red Bull responded and pulled Perez into the pits immediately to cover off Ferrari.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted after the race that a combination of Perez’s tyre condition plus it seeing that "Ferrari were gearing up for an undercut" was behind its decision to stop the Mexican.

With Leclerc having no intention of stopping, that meant Perez had to recover all the ground lost with the tire change, which he ultimately failed to do, as he finished 1.3 seconds behind his Ferrari rival.

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