The highest the gap ever got was 0.893s, so don't think that's right what you wrote there. In the entire time Vettel was behind Leclerc he never got out of DRS range.F1Oz wrote:Rockie - I don't disagree that Vettel should at least have had a chance to close the gap on the Mercs - but when he didn't - perhaps they should have given the place back (particularly when LeC was starting to expand the gap to Vettel before the call came out - it was up to 1.9+ secs - and the other issue is that LeC wasn't pitted the lap after Vettel - which might have still put him ahead of Max - or at worst right behind - whereas they lost 14 seconds by the strategy they used - and LeC may well have been able to overtake Max on engine power - Ferrari have been abysmal in terms of strategy for some yearsRockie wrote:Even when they said nothing is wrong and all good.F1Oz wrote:The problem is that LeClerk had some sort of gear selection issues for a number of laps which cost him time and performance - although this did seem to resolve - based on team radio and some commentator chatRockie wrote:
Fuel and tyre life corrected he should have been 0.4s faster than Vettel when he set that lap, going by Vettel's time.
Vettel was faster than Leclerc this weekend and it was just a sluggish start from Bottas and Ferrari being a little too indecisive and waiting too long to make the call that got them in the silly position.
Even Brundle was like they should make the call but they made it 5 laps too late.
There was also no way that Leclerc was going to come out ahead of Verstappen, as Vettel barely made it. But I do agree that from that point on Ferrari messed up Leclerc's strategy. He was losing way too much time and they left him out far too long. But there was never a point after the switch was made that Vettel could realistically give the place back. He was slowly pulling way from Leclerc, despite Leclerc having a higher engine mode, and after the stop Leclerc lost too much ground anyway.