For the third time this season, Charles Leclerc does not score points at the end of a Grand Prix. The Monegasque is 63 points behind in the drivers’ championship, over Max Verstappen.
The 24-year-old driver lost the rear of his single-seater in the Beausset bend, before hitting the pile of tires on the edge of the track. An unforgivable mistake, which the winner of the Austrian GP made when he was no longer under pressure from the reigning world champion.
Are we witnessing a turning point in the championship? What is certain is that the march seems high for the Italian clan. Repeated errors, a significant lack of reliability; the psychological aspect will play a huge role in this second part of the season.
At the end of the French Grand Prix, Mattia Binotto – Managing Director of Scuderia Ferrari – wanted to play down the situation at the microphone of Formula 1:
“There is always something to improve and learn, and that is our approach. It’s step by step, we progress and become better. Again today, we proved to our drivers that we have a fast and competitive car. I think we just look to Hungary, we have to turn the page and look to Hungary and do a one-two there, so we just focus on the next result.
Our car is great, smooth with the tire management, the drivers are also doing a good job, and I think we come out of Le Castellet with confidence in our package, in the ability of our drivers and in our speed.
You have to look at the points that still remain to be won and not those that are lost. Charles is a champion and no one will ever question that. We We have total confidence in him, and I told him that there are still ten races and that we will try to win them all.
So… in a week we have Hungary, it will be important for us to turn the page, to look to the future. Hungary will be very hot again and it will again be a matter of tire management, tire degradation and overheating – very similar to Le Castellet. So I will say there are many reasons why we have to smile and be positive, because our target in Hungary should not be a win, but a one-two.”
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