What went wrong at the Ferrari garage on Sainz's pit stop, discovered the mistake: disarming

What went wrong at the Ferrari garage on Sainz’s pit stop, discovered the mistake: disarming

A sensational mistake at the pit stop ruined Carlos Sainz’s race at the Dutch GP. At the time of the break, a Ferrari mechanic was not in the right position.

A weekend to almost completely forget what he experienced in Holland Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard had ambitions, he hoped to at least fight for the podium and he thought so even after the excellent qualifying, but in the race everything went wrong. Good luck did not help him, but it was the Ferrari garage that drowned him at the moment of the first pit stop, when something incredible happened. Something rarely seen in Formula 1. When Sainz pitted one tire was missing, the mechanics only had three.

From the Spa race with the change of some rules, the Ferrari he seems to have lost some of his strength, of his speed, but he still has the chance to always battle with Red Bull and Mercedes. In Qualifying Hamilton was placing his paw when Perez crashed and thus took away at least the front row from Lewis. Sainz benefited as he finished in the top three again on Saturday. A result that bode well for the Spaniard who at the start, however, was unable to overtake either Verstappen or Leclerc, and indeed had to struggle to keep Hamilton at bay. The two also touched at the first corner, with no apparent consequences. But in reality the bottom of Ferrari number 55 was ruined.

The Ferrari mechanic assigned to the rear left misses the exit and gets stuck in front of the car.

The Ferrari mechanic assigned to the rear left misses the exit and gets stuck in front of the car.

Sainz continues his race, Hamilton gradually approached and put him in his sights. Just as it looked like Lewis could launch the decisive attack on the straight Dutch GP the Spaniard is called back to the pits. Sainz enters a few laps earlier than expected. The tactic seems to pay off, but it doesn’t.

Sainz’s tire change is a “mess”: the hydraulic pistol is in the middle of the pit lane, Perez passes over it

Because Sainz’s pit stop lasts an eternity. Almost thirteen seconds stopped, instead of two and a half at the most. Race ruined. Position lost on Hamilton and also on Perez and Russell who followed. As he comes out of the pits, still with the limiter, a clear and laconic message from Sainz is heard in a radio team who snorts and says: “Oh my God”. A complaint from a great gentleman, many other pilots would have made something else come out of their mouths.

The mechanic with the left rear is forced to go around the car, while the other tires are already mounted.

The mechanic with the left rear is forced to go around the car, while the other tires are already mounted.

But what happened in Sainz’s first pit stop in the Dutch GP? Ferrari said they had called Sainz to the pits early and literally made the decision at the last moment. Probably because they had seen a storming Hamilton. This belated call wreaked havoc among the mechanics. It was immediately clear that a tire was missing from the appeal, the fourth comes soon after, but now the damage has been done. The incredulous faces of the mechanics after Sainz’s restart are emblematic.

Binotto, who is always in the crosshairs of critics, explained after the race: “We knew Lewis was getting ready for the tire change and that he could undercut us. We saw the Mercedes mechanics come out in the pit lane and at that point we knew we had to stop. When we saw the Mercedes mechanics we called our driver back. but it was at the last corner and by then it was too late for our mechanics to be ready. It was a belated call. When we prepare for the race, we usually know what the last time the mechanics need to prepare is. It was a late call compared to what we had calculated ”.

Looking closely at a video circulating on the net you can understand exactly why the pit stop was all so long. The left rear tire was practically missing. But because who was supposed to ride it wasn’t next to Sainz’s Red? Because the mechanic in charge of the pit was unable to take his position and not being able to ‘overtake’ the other mechanics – the regulation forbids it – he remained in front of Sainz’s Ferrari and had to wait for the completion of the other operations before moving on.

The mechanic who was not in his place at the time of the pit stop, however, he had the right rubber in his hands, but not being able to cross the ‘fast lane’ (at the same time there was also Perez in the pits) who was ready to leave, he had to wait. When the other tires were mounted, that mechanic was able to move in the direction of his position. The race was full of obstacles, because in front there was a series of mechanics that he had to dribble. Probably the Ferrari mechanics were badly coordinated and they were also unlucky.

The pit stop that cost Carlos Sainz dearly in the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort.

The pit stop that cost Carlos Sainz dearly in the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort.

The GP continued and quite badly, because Sainz found himself with an abnormal delay compared to his usual rivals. Thanks to the Safety Car, the Spaniard could find himself in contention with the other big names, but that was not the case. And even because of an ‘unseafe he realase’ suffered a 5 second penalty which cost him a lot, because Sainz slipped from fifth to eighth at the end of the race.


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