Charles Leclerc had a laugh at the expense of Max Verstappen at last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The Dutchman was fuelled to complete a final run during qualifying, but he did not have enough in the tank to be able to provide a fuel sample to the scrutineers if he went round again.
He was therefore called into the pits during his last attempt, and on a drying track with the lap times plummeting, that sent him down to eighth for the start of the race.
Leclerc took his ninth pole of the season for Ferrari, ahead of Sergio Perez, Sir Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz.
Before the track parade, Leclerc was chatting with Alex Albon, who had returned after his bout of appendicitis for Williams, as well as Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.
Verstappen arrived on the scene, and it was the first opportunity he had to speak to his colleagues since qualifying after he sensibly left the track early to calm down in his hotel room on Saturday night.
Leclerc could not help but have a dig, asking, “you had a good lap, no?” to which Verstappen smiled, shook his head and replied, “it was not very nice.”
Leclerc lost the lead to Perez on the opening lap of the race, and the Mexican withstood pressure from the Ferrari driver to claim his second win of the season.
Verstappen dropped outside the top 10 after his engine went into anti-stall off the line, and having recovered back into the points, he suffered a huge lock-up while trying to pass Lando Norris.
Another recovery drive saw the 25-year-old climb back up into seventh place ahead of fellow world champions, Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton.
Verstappen will wrap up his second world title this weekend in Suzuka if he wins with the fastest lap.