Ferrari is starting to need to react to Red Bull’s ascendancy. After the first races of the year there was initially the feeling that the Scuderia was the team to beat, but soon Red Bull got to that level and looking only at the victories, at this moment Red Bull is already winning 5-2. It’s obvious that it’s not just about performance, F1 is much more than that, but between mistakes and misfortunes, Red Bull is already 36 points ahead of their opponents and Max Verstappen is well highlighted in the championship and Sergio Pérez is very near Charles Leclerc.
So the Scuderia needs to maximize its opportunities.
Leclerc looked so comfortable in the title race after the Australian Grand Prix, when he held a more than one race victory advantage over the rest of the squad. That margin was helped by previous retirements by Red Bull drivers, but since then we’ve seen much more reliable racing for Verstappen and Perez – but also Ferrari has not taken advantage of its opportunities.
In Spain, Leclerc looked comfortably faster and should have won, but an engine problem took him out of the lead and he retired, and then in Monaco his home race ‘curse’ struck again. The latter was the most frustrating for both Leclerc and Ferrari, because he had the race under control on a track where it is almost impossible to overtake, but they couldn’t convert a ‘block’ from the front row into a victory with either driver, as Carlos Sainz finished in second place.
In a championship where it is increasingly likely to be an even battle with Red Bull, Ferrari cannot afford to make the same mistakes again, and will look to start recovering already in Baku.
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