Team orders that went awry made Ferrari lose the chance to win the Russian GP. Mercedes has a way to keep chaos like that from happening.
Ferrari throws a chance at the Russian GP on Sunday (9/29/2019) yesterday. Though their racers, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, had led the race.
Ferrari’s plan from the start was, Vettel would provide a way for Leclerc so that he could take advantage of the junior’s slipstream. Simply put, Leclerc will ‘attract’ Vettel.
This method is expected to be effective to open the distance with Mercedes. But apparently, Vettel instead refused to give way to Leclerc.
Also unlucky, Vettel experienced a Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic (MGU-K) problem on lap 28 and failed to finish. While Leclerc overtook duo Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas.
The two Mercedes drivers finished 1-2, Leclerc in the third position.
Hamilton also commented on this incident, revealing how Mercedes works related to racing strategies. For him, the openness and respect that exists between him and Bottas have always been important in carrying out team plans.
“We work together, so it’s a matter of building respect. And I think respect has always been there from day one,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by Crash.
“We talk about scenarios very openly. Valtteri has always been respectful in all of these scenarios and I think it’s vital, that we act according to what was discussed, I think so,” he added.