Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was left confused after two Red Bull fans pulled a hilarious prank on him at the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend.
One was filming, while the other walked up behind the Monegasque with a Ferrari hat for him to sign.
He gave Leclerc a pen as well as the hat, and immediately after he did, he snuck away out of shot.
The 24-year-old finished signing the cap, and turned around to find that the fan had walked away, much to the camera operator’s amusement.
Leclerc took it all in good jest, and he smiled as he placed the hat on top of the one he was already wearing as he walked away.
The Ferrari driver took his ninth pole position of the season in Singapore on Saturday with a commanding performance, but he lost the lead to Sergio Perez off the line as the Red Bull driver made a lightning start.
The Mexican maintained his lead from there, with Leclerc endeavouring to get to within striking distance, but he could not quite manage that in the first stint.
He was able to get to within DRS range in the second half of the race after the track had dried sufficiently for Slicks to be put on, but Perez held firm against the onslaught.
A couple of mistakes at Turn 16 put Perez seven seconds in front, and despite a five-second penalty for a Safety Car infringement, the 33-year-old took his fourth career win.
Max Verstappen had to settle for seventh in a tough weekend for him, and Leclerc must now avoid being beaten by eight points by Verstappen in Japan this weekend if he is to stay in the championship hunt.
Perez is two points behind Leclerc, so a Verstappen win in Suzuka guarantees the Guadalajara-born driver’s exit from the championship battle.