At the start of the GP of the Netherlands, Charles Leclerc lost a lot of seconds because the Ferrari pit crew did not have the intermediates ready. According to team boss Frederic Vasseur, however, his pit crew cannot be blamed.
Already during the race there was criticism that the pit crew was not ready, but according to Vasseur this was due to the fact that Charles Leclerc decided very late to enter the pits. Leclerc also admitted that his decision came very late.
“The rain came down in the last corner and he decided to pit,” Frederic Vasseur reflects on the start of the race when Charles Leclerc came into the pits at the end of the first lap for a tire change to intermediates.
“It was a very late call, but I think it was the right decision because we were in a better position than before, even if we lost six or seven seconds in the pit lane.”
“When you’re ten or five seconds behind and you make the call, it’s much easier. But I shouldn’t complain because it was the right decision.”