Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali admits that the team one-stop strategy decision cost Fernando Alonso race position and consequently he dropped top from and to finish fifth place in Canada.
“Of course with hindsight it is easy; and my kids who are seven and eight years old could do the right thing,” Domenicali told Autosport.
“Honestly when we did the first pit-stop, we did the right choice because we jumped one position, but it was not clear at that moment if it would have been one or two stops – because otherwise we would have kept Fernando longer on the track.
“Then, considering the pace and considering the way that Fernando was managing the tyres, we discussed with Fernando and apparently the tyres were keeping up a pace that was good in terms of having a one-stop strategy.
“Then, when you arrive at a certain moment, you have to go for one solution or another one, so at that stage the situation – the elements that we had – were okay so we kept going in that direction. After that, I cannot say anything more than with hindsight of course it was the wrong thing to do.
“But the real mistake was not to cover Vettel, because we were not expecting for him to catch up so quickly or the other way around, the tyres (on Alonso’s car) going off the cliff in such a strong way.”
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