French Grand Prix – Ferrari sends the win to Red Bull on a silver platter: 108 points less for Charles Leclerc

pit. The day after the French Grand Prix, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) moved away from Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) by 63 points in the championship. An unprecedented gap in Formula 1 in the past five years after 12 rounds … and it seems difficult to overcome for Monaco, with ten races remaining. Last year Verstappen cashed 3 units on Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

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So, on Monday morning, the international press was unanimous: through its own mistakes and the mistakes of its drivers, Ferrari offers world titles to Red Bull and Max Verstappen on a silver platter. A harsh but relentless note, it comes after Charles Leclerc’s second foul this season at Le Castellet. Pinned to the race lead by 10 seconds over Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), the Principality representative pushed his SF-75 into a wall of tires. His Dutch opponent took the opportunity to take the 25 points promised by the winner. And to plunge Ferrari a little more into the crisis of results.

Because the representative of the Principality is not only responsible for the evils of Scuderia. The red single seat is perhaps the strongest on the grid, but that’s not all. When reliability leaves the transalpine team alone, strategists take charge and get lost in the race, between pilot management problems and (often) failed decisions. The team’s shovel mistakes in the Prancing Horse cost many points. Example with Leclerc: What would his situation be before the Hungarian Grand Prix, this Sunday, if he hadn’t been affected by all these problems?

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: 7 points

  • condition : P3 on 53 of 63 laps (15 points)
  • reason : Error – runway flight
  • Final result: P6 (8 points)

First slip of the season. His poor start from the front row cost him two places and forced him to take on Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Pullman. Charles Leclerc replaces his medium with a soft one on lap 49 and doubles Lando Norris (McLaren) in P3. It was set in the mirrors of Sergio Perez (Red Bull). The outcome is inevitable, but Monegasque climbs a pier at Variante Alta and goes to crash into the protection, damaging his wing in the left front. Forced back into the pits after Norris overtook him, he got out of P9 and was able to climb three places. Leclerc performs well, but lost 7 points.

Spanish Grand Prix: 25 points

  • condition : 1 to 27 of 66 turns (25 points)
  • reason : Engine failure
  • Final result: give up (0 points)

Victory is promised. On lap 27, Charles Leclerc was 13 seconds ahead of George Russell. Max Verstappen is not in good shape: the Dutchman visits the gravel pit and does not seem able to worry Monaco, who retain the lead after his pit stop. Ferrari slows down suddenly. energy loss. Engine broke. The first retirement of the season. And screaming on the radio – “Nooooo!” Who will come back often during the season? Thanks to Red Bull’s instructions, Verstappen beats Sergio PĂ©rez, takes victory and takes control of the championship for the first time in 2022.

Monaco Grand Prix: 13 points

  • condition : 1 to 17 of 64 turns (25 points)
  • reason : Strategy – Unwelcome Interruptions
  • Final result: P4 (12 points)

Charles Leclerc doesn’t want to hear about the “fuck” at the National Grand Prix. To see him finish racing in Monaco, you have to go back to 2010 and the karting competition organized in the port. On stage, locals built a weekend well, where they celebrated a column across the principality until the early morning. before a cold shower.

Literally first: torrential rain fell on the track a few minutes before the start, forcing the organizers to postpone the race by an hour. Then figuratively speaking: Leading the way while the track was dry, Leclerc struggled with the strategy of Sergio Perez (Red Bull), who had passed the two intermediate laps before and finished first. The Ferrari driver was called three rings later by his engineer…and had to wait behind his teammate Carlos Sainz in the pit lane. Finally finished at the foot of the podium, behind Max Verstappen (Red Bull), wasting 13 points.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: 25 points

  • condition : 1 to 20 of 51 turns (25 points)
  • reason : Engine failure
  • Final result: give up (0 points)

Smoke comes out of the single seat Charles Leclerc, who was then the strongman of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix by more than 11 seconds over his world title rival, after 20 laps. beaker drive. Ferrari double desertion, as Carlos Sainz was affected by a hydraulic failure. Barcelona scenario repeats itself. Voices are being raised for the first time to denounce the unreliability of Scuderia cars. As for the previous three races, Monaco’s pole position faded away. Meanwhile, Red Bull scored 44 points.

British Grand Prix: 13 points

  • condition : 1 to 42 of 52 turns (25 points)
  • reason : Strategy – Don’t park the pit under the safety car
  • Final result: P4 (12 points)

Sacrificers. The Monegasque team leads at Silverstone after 39 laps, taking advantage of setbacks by Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in Ring 12. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) was forced to retire and caused the safety car to go out. Charles Leclerc is still on the right track, unlike his co-stars Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sergio Perez (Red Bull), who have been knocked out of the bidding bids. Left to his own devices with his worn-out huskies, he fights heroically before being bitten. From the bottom of the podium he will watch his teammate celebrate his first win.

French Grand Prix: 25 points

  • condition : 1-18 of 53 laps (25 points)
  • reason : Error – runway flight
  • Final result: give up (0 points)

Again, no use for master classes on Saturday afternoons. However, it is the result of teamwork, which is supposed to show unity within the Scuderia. Beating Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in the first laps, Charles Leclerc must pick up the pace to protect himself from the Dutchman’s poor attempt. Then he made his biggest mistake at Ferrari since arriving in 2020 by losing the back at the start of Beaussett’s double right. to leave of. A jump in focus has dire consequences. A huge turning point in the season.

Rating: 108 missing points

A hundred points, in a perfect world, you should have gone to Monaco. It’s too much for the driver, but especially for the team. At the end of Sunday’s Grand Prix de France, in an exercise in self-criticism that should be welcomed, Leclerc set his charge at 32 points. This leaves 76 units in charge of the Scuderia.

And again, we did not take into account the Canadian Grand Prix, in which the representative of the Principality finished fifth. He started from the back of the grid, was punished for changing the power plant, and he could add extra points to his pocket. Since the start of the season, aside from the inaugural Grand Prix, Ferrari has had a very difficult time putting everything together for a perfect weekend.

With 63 points offset, the block is almost over. At the Red Bull camp we have already started calculating the number of wins that must be guaranteed to secure a second consecutive crown for Max Verstappen (“Between three and five more.” According to Helmut Marko). The Austrian team leaves the cross-alpine radar, which seriously shows Mercedes. There is only one race left before the summer break. Hongaroring’s characteristics adhere well to those of the SF-75. “We have many reasons to smile and be positive, because our goal in Hungary should not be to win, but to get a double”Saved by Mattia Binotto.

Leclerc and Ferrari will have to get back in the saddle quickly to give themselves a (small) chance and not lose everything. Otherwise, the words of the Scuderia president, uttered before the start of the season, will tragically return: “You were always telling me to give Charles Leclerc a good car. Now we’ll see.”

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