No one doubted that this would be a promising season for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc when he had a 46-point lead at the first three GPs of the year.
Yet, at the end of the season, Max Verstappen will win the Drivers’ Championship with four Grand Prix yet to go. So, it certainly is a matter of the question of who is to blame for team Ferrari’s egregious failure to miss the opportunity!
When asked about this, Leclerc certainly acknowledged that there is a huge gap between the Scuderia and the Bulls. He said of this year’s Belgian GP: “Now that we have had a few other races after the race in Spa, we understand a few things better. The car was not in the sweet spot there and we have now made some steps in that. ”
However, he refused to go into details about who is responsible for the mishaps at the Spa-Francorchamps. He added, “We had a hard time with two things in Belgium. I don’t want to go into too much detail about that, but we probably didn’t handle those problems well at the time. However, Red Bull has taken bigger steps than us this year and that’s why they are stronger now, but the big difference in Belgium was mainly because we didn’t have the pace at all.”
This season, the Monégasque suffered power-unit failures in both the Spanish and Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The inept strategies have failed the driver on Hungaroring and Silverstone Circuit, where he was already taking a lead.
The Italian team has been struggling to keep up with the Bulls since the Belgian GP. Although they have been acting the in the qualifying match, it is the Red Bull who have dominated at the actual showdown in the race tracks.
Leclerc has taken nine pole positions but has only won three of them this year. The Monégasque F1 racer is now competing with Sergio Pérez of the Bulls for the second position in the Drivers’ Championship.