How Red Bull avoided trapping Verstappen thanks to Pérez

With Max Verstappen leading the Canadian Grand Prix, Red Bull made a decision regarding Sergio Pérez that contributed to the former's victory.

Published on 13/06/2024 à 16:42

Gonzalo Forbes

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How Red Bull avoided trapping Verstappen thanks to Pérez

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Is it possible that Sergio Pérez's exit from the track allowed Max Verstappen to win the Canadian Grand Prix? It is difficult to make the connection but one thing is certain, Red Bull wanted to put all the chances on his side to prevent the Dutchman from losing his 6e victory this year.

But how could Checo's accident play such an important role in his teammate's success? To do this, we must return to the moment of the facts. So in 15e position in a race where he had nothing more to play for, Sergio Pérez made a mistake in the 52e. By putting one end of his wheels outside the dry trajectory, the Mexican lost control and crashed into the protective barriers. So far nothing unusual.

The mischief of Red Bull

His RB20 was heavily damaged, particularly at the rear wing with which he hit, the one which was extended until 2026 a few days earlier could have stopped there. But on the Red Bull wall we quickly understood that the native of Guadalajara absolutely must not stop on the track at the risk of causing a Safety Car.

This would in no way have helped Max Verstappen who could have been trapped by bad timing like Lando Norris at the start of the race. So in the lead, the latter had no luck with the deployment of the first safety car caused by Logan sargeant. At the time of the events, he was not able to take the opportunity to make his stop unlike his pursuers, then coming out 3e.

Pérez penalized, Red Bull fined

To protect itself from a possible similar scenario, Red Bull then rushed to ask Sergio Pérez to quickly get back on the track to return to the garage. Along his route, he deposited numerous carbon debris, earning him a summons from the commissioners. A decision fully assumed when having to justify itself to the race direction.

« After hitting the barriers in Turn 6, the driver continued to drive for the rest of the lap with a badly damaged car and lost several carbon fiber parts on the way back to the pits. The team confirmed during the hearing that the driver was asked to bring the car back to the pits as they were trying to avoid a safety car situation, » can we read in the official document.

After investigation, Checo, which simply followed the instructions of its managers, received a penalty : three places on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix (June 21-23). The reigning world champions received a fine of 25 euros. A blessing in disguise as they avoided trapping Max Verstappen, back on the top step of the podium. Teamwork above all, and especially to help the Batavian.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

10/06/2024 at 12:54 a.m.

I was a little surprised to see TexMex return to the track with such damage to the rear but he stayed where he hit, there was clearly Safety Car and therefore danger for 1st place! Rogues at Red Bull Racing

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