12 races of the 2022 season have already passed formula 1 and that initial enthusiasm of Ferrari, when Charles Leclerc won two of the first three competitions and finished second in the remainder., and it looked like the car would beat for the other participants, mutilated in worry and the presence of old ghosts. that after the glorious era of the German Michael SchumacherWon five championships (between 2000 and 2004), scuderia He received only one title: that of Finn Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, in favor of a bid between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso at McLaren and which hurt the English team.
Dreamed of Ferrari again in this 2022 and with that illusion, all fan, It spread across the automotive world. because besides Leclerc is spanish Carlos Sainz Jr.made excellent performance. But the truth is that after that hellish start, technical problems, management errors, poor team strategies abound. The most recent “sin” occurred last Sunday, at the French Grand PrixWhen Leclerc turns around while riding first, he crashes into the protective tire barrier and retires. it allowed him Max VerstappenClaim the victory, the champion, for which he seemed unable to fight. MORE: The Dutchman was 63 points ahead of Leclerc, that is, at least two races and a fraction of an advantage. When there are 10 races left to complete the season.
Ferrari’s mistakes are not like the mistakes of other Formula 1 teams: Have more influence on social networks than others. And in the mood of the fans scuderia In every corner of the planet, including those participating in every competition. Mistakes in strategy or management result in a “rain of memes” on the network, and one of the most pointed is usually Mattia Binotto, Team Manager. A man of determination. The same one who, this year, decided to postpone the decision very much about which Ferrari driver was 1 and which was 2, provide more facilities For the tireless Red Bull. Every time a gap is opened with Verstappen in a hurry. Thus, the champion has seven victories in 2022. Checo Perez scored one, while Ferrari took four: three from Leclerc and one from Sainz Jr.
The difference between the teams is such that Red Bull has an 82-point lead over Ferrari in the Constructors’ World Championship. Which puts Binotto in the eye of the storm. The man who never changes his face. A Ferrari is running ahead and Binotto has a dull expression. That Ferrari hits a wall and Binotto remains unfazed. Leclerc or Sainz Jr. The car stops in potholes and the mechanic takes 3 seconds longer than usual to change the tire, potentially hurting the driver, and Binotto doesn’t blink. degenerative rectus that swells fan,
Certainly, the 63 points that Red Bull has yet to define the championship. But from Ferrari’s dome they don’t show the best signs, right. This, beyond a marked optimism. What did Binotto say in recent days, phrases that some saw as if he had thrown petrol at a campfire?
“What if we now rely on some Red Bull stumbling blocks to get a chance at the championship? I really don’t know, I don’t know, because I don’t count points. If you had asked me before the race for Paul Ricard what was the difference with Red Bull or Max, I couldn’t answer him because I’m not looking at him.”Binotto said without hesitation.
Leclerc accident in France
Not knowing whether he said it ironically or not, Binotto pointed further. “What we’re focused on is going into each race and trying to get the maximum result in each. It didn’t happen in Paul Ricard, but I think we’re already on Hungary and with our drivers. Concentrating on getting there for the double with a 1-2 take.
As if I were not in a situation that required more rigor, Binotto appeals to mathematics To reflect your feelings. ,I believe that each caste is counted the same way as the other castes, At the end of the season, we’ll do the math and see where we are,” he said, a reflection that didn’t go down well with Ferrari fans.
“I think the performance we gave at Paul Ricard before Leclerc lost calms us down. We saw a very fast car that had the potential to make an impressive run. I think that’s the most important thing. : To see that we have a nice car. I like to stay positive. i like to be optimistic, And that’s why I say There’s no reason not to win all 10 races between now and the end of the championship, The potential is there. The pilots are fantastic. So I am very positive.”
To do so, Binotto says he talked a lot with Leclerc, finishing second in the championship with 170 points against Verstappen’s 233. Third is Mexican Sergio “Checo” Perez, second with Red Bull, with 163, and fourth, Sainz Jr., with 144. “What I said to Charles is that things are more complicated, but not impossible., And we’re going to enjoy it more if we can turn it into a win in the end. Could something happen to Max Verstappen and Red Bull? It has already happened to them as it has happened to us.
Maybe it will happen.”
And he reiterated the prospect of a perfect performance so far by the end of the championship. “We have to be focused in each race. If I look at the latest tests, we always had great potential, This did not become the best result in terms of points for the championship, but for now there is no reason For which this cannot happen in the next 10 races”, concluded Binotto.
Within the concept of “no reason”, Binotto will have to surpass Ferrari’s great deeds throughout the year. that fan They do not forget and repent permanently. Unlike the seemingly unaffiliated team manager, They count the points religiously.