The Mercedes F1 team has left the racing world perplexed with a cheeky, and perfectly timed, tweet.
Moments after Aussie star Daniel Ricciardo announced his shock departure from the Red Bull team on Friday night, Mercedes took advantage of a time gap before his next signing was officially announced.
Despite already laying claim to two of the greatest drivers across the F1 landscape, Mercedes, or more specifically their social media team, decided to throw a massive spanner in the works.
The Mercedes tweet was clearly an insinuation that there was a big signing in the works, at just the time Ricciardo went on the market.
They used the same social media post in July to build anticipation for a signing.
F1 fans were immediately perplexed by the idea, sharing their confusion about how the already stacked team could fit the Aussie into their roster.
Ricciardo will drive the 2019 Mercedes Safety Car. Am I right?
— www.FimDoGrid.com (@FimDoGrid) August 3, 2018
As we all now know, Ricciardo’s official signing with Renault would be announced about an hour later, clearing things up for F1 fans and confirming Mercedes’ trickery.
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) August 3, 2018
Renault, of course, weren’t too happy that their rival team had stolen their social media thunder.