'What on earth is going on?' – Nico Rosberg slams Ferrari after French GP gaffe

Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has blasted Ferrari after the team’s latest strategy blunder cost Carlos Sainz Jr. a potential podium at the French Grand Prix.

Despite once again having the quickest car at a race this season, the Scuderia endured a weekend a forget, with polesitter Charles Leclerc crashing out of Sunday’s race while in the lead, handing victory over to Max Verstappen.

Meanwhile Sainz started at the back of the grid because of engine penalties but recovered well to put himself in podium contention.

With just 10 laps remaining he passed the Red Bull of Sergio Perez for third, but during that duel Ferrari bizarrely called for him to pit which he subsequently did.

Sainz dropped down the order and while he recovered to finish fifth and claim the fastest lap bonus point, over the team radio the Spaniard voiced his confusion and anger at the call, something echoed by fans and pundits.

One of those to do so was Rosberg, with the 2016 title winner expressing sheer disbelief at Ferrari’s decision and calling for team principal Mattia Binotto’s head.

‘I was shaking my head, like “what on earth are they doing there?”,’ Rosberg told Sky Sports.

‘First of all, he was in the middle of a huge battle out on track and his whole team wasn’t watching that anymore, they had their heads down doing their calculations about pit-stop times and they were talking to him in the middle of the wheel-to-wheel action there.

‘I’m like “guys, what on earth are you doing?”

‘And then Carlos is P3 and comfortably he would have been able to stay there, the tyres would have been fine until the end, and he even had the chance to still get Lewis [Hamilton] for P2. Then they bring him in with no chance to go beyond P5 where he ended up.

‘What on earth is going on there? Really, I think it’s time they made some changes there, some serious changes.

‘Terrible judgement there and I can’t explain it. Mattia really needs to get on top of that and make some serious changes there now.’

Post-race, Sainz said that he actually agreed with the call to pit again, reasoning that the data showed that his tyres would not have lasted to the end, but yet again this season Ferrari’s tactical errors have cost them vital points in a championship battle that they ought to be leading.

Instead, Verstappen has a 63 point lead over Leclerc in drivers’ standings after 12 races, with Sainz in fourth and 89 points behind the Dutchman, while Ferrari trail Red Bull by 82 points in the constructors’ table.

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