Max Verstappen ignoring workforce orders on the finish of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix ended up not affecting Sergio Perez’s spot within the ultimate 2022 System 1 standings.
The most important speaking level following the 2022 System 1 season’s penultimate race at Interlagos Circuit was Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen not giving up sixth place to teammate Sergio Perez on the ultimate lap, regardless of having been instructed to take action.
Verstappen, who had already clinched his second consecutive world title multiple month prior, was instructed to surrender the spot due to Perez’s ongoing battle for second place within the driver standings with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Perez finally completed in seventh place and expressed dismay with the result, whereas Verstappen claimed he had his causes, causes which had apparently already been mentioned with the workforce internally, for not letting his teammate go him.
It meant that Perez and Leclerc entered the season finale at Yas Marina Circuit degree on factors. Leclerc owned the tiebreaker, having gained three of the season’s first 21 races. Perez had gained two.
As they are saying, each level counts, however on the finish of the season, the “controversy” ended up which means completely nothing.
Had Perez been capable of go Verstappen on the finish of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, he would have been two factors forward of Leclerc heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In Abu Dhabi, Leclerc completed in second place forward of Perez in third, which means he outscored him by three.
Whereas it might contradict the low-hanging fruit of a story which the media have been peddling for the final week or so, three is a bigger quantity than two.
Paradoxically, it was a Ferrari workforce that had been criticized for poor technique selections all through the season which executed a profitable one-stop technique with Leclerc to maintain Perez behind him on a two-stop technique.
Perez outqualified Leclerc in Abu Dhabi, taking second on the grid forward of Leclerc in third, and Purple Bull went on the offensive with a two-stop technique. Leclerc was instructed to do the alternative of Perez, and he finally made it work on only one cease. A tough-charging Perez merely ran out of laps on the finish of the race.
It was later revealed that Leclerc was at all times dedicated to a one-stop technique and that the radio message to him to do the alternative of what Perez did was considerably of a “dummy” message. Regardless of all of Ferrari’s technique shortcomings in 2022, it labored.
So even when Perez had been given the spot in Sao Paulo, he would have fallen quick.
He would have completed one level behind Leclerc, and there was no window for Purple Bull to probably pit him for the quickest lap to achieve that time both. And even when there had been a spot for them to take action with out Perez shedding any floor, the tiebreaker nonetheless would have gone to Leclerc.
However as you’ll anticipate, there are those that proceed to beat a lifeless horse, as is usually the case with regards to overhyped “storylines” meant to do nothing greater than stir the pot on social media.