Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have been laughed at by their rivals after they shared a laugh at the Hungarian Grand Prix, saying Ferrari’s consistent strategy this F1 season is wrong.
Charles Leclerc was once again troubled by Ferrari’s poor strategy decision, which saw their lead driver switch to harder tires when he was comfortable on the fields.
Leclerc’s choice was to stay longer and complete the short final lap on the soft tyre, but instead he was left to battle with the hardliners struggling to catch up.
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In the end, he won the race sixth, team-mate Carlos Sanz fourth, Verstappen from 10th on the grid.
The podium was rounded out by the Mercedes pair of Hamilton and Russell.
In the green room of the stage, the trio were shocked to discover that Ferrari had put Leclerc on hard tyres.
“Was Ferrari in trouble?” Hamilton asked in the broadcast. He was heard asking in surprise.
Both Russell and Verstappen fired back, and they simply answered “yes.”
Leclerc was upset after the race, saying he was confused by his team’s decision.
“I felt very strong and very comfortable in the middle field,” said Leclerc, who led the race and was in danger of winning before a pit stop to suddenly switch to hard tyres.
“I wanted to leave the house and I don’t know why I was called. That confused me.
“I lost the race on the hard tire and I don’t know why. We need to talk about this in the group.
He added: “Actually, the speed on my part, I was very happy, the only thing everyone remembers is the last part of the race, which was a disaster for me, especially hard – that’s why I won the race.” He said.