“F*Cking Hate This Team, They’re So Mind-Numbingly Dumb”: Twitter Goes Red With Rage as Ferrari Once Again Make Stupid ‘Mistake’ With Title Protagonist Charles Leclerc

Published 08/27/2022, 12:51 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc before qualifying REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Coming out of the F1 summer break, it is the same story for Charles Leclerc as he settles for P4 in a qualifying session where he carried engine penalties. The driver coined as the championship protagonist early in the season saw himself once again being held back by his own compatriots, Ferrari.

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In the Qualifying session of the Belgium GP, the Monegasque had only one goal in his sight; to finish ahead of the defending world champion, Max Verstappen. The defending world champion who grabbed pole position, also finds himself penalized for a new power unit. However, to his advantage, he starts ahead of the Ferrari ace because of his qualifying performance.

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The Maranello outfit attempted a power play in which they aimed to provide Carlos Sainz with a slipstream using Leclerc as the lead car, but after an error of the pit crew, car number 16 found itself on fresh rubber. As soon as, Leclerc found himself on new rubber, he questioned the team, “Wait, what are these tires?” 

The pit wall replied, “Sorry….a mistake.”

The prancing horses are back after four weeks, and a mistake on either side of the break is a consistency they did not aim for.

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How the Ferrari error cost Charles Leclerc at the Belgium GP Qualifying

The Monte-Carlo-born racing driver opted to fit in a new power unit in the back of his F1-75. Although this would provide him with an extra performance on race day, he starts P16 on the grid. Notably, in the mirrors of his championship rival, Max Verstappen.

As he dropped to the back of the grid, he played the role of a wingman for his teammate, Carlos Sainz. The slipstream from the Monegasque could only salvage a P2 for Sainz. Nevertheless, as Verstappen drops back, sustaining a penalty; it translates into a pole position for the Spanish racing driver.

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When Leclerc found himself on fresh rubber, on a lap where he was only out to provide a tow to his partner, he asked his engineer about the plan inside the head of the Italians. His racing engineer, Xavi asked him to continue on his run and deliver the flying lap without any prior preparations or plan of action.

This caught the Ferrari ace out of the blue and the lack of tire and brake warm-up reflected on the timing sheets, as he found himself seven-tenths off the pace set by the Red Bull protégé. Consequently, he was an infuriating figure who once again suffered a shortcoming from the team who he dreams of winning the title with.

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For race day, 44 laps are yet to unfold and Spa-Francorchamps presents great opportunities for overtaking. As Leclerc lines up behind Verstappen, we could be in for another thrilling wheel-to-wheel between the two young guns.

Where do you think Charles Leclerc will finish in the Belgium GP? Let us know.

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Anish Arora

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Anish Arora is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. It is the competitive nature of the sport that not only made him an adherent follower of F1, but also inspired him to start his journey as an author for the most prestigious racing series in the world. Anish initially started writing for Formula 1 during his undergrad and now is a huge fan of the 'Silver Arrows'.

Edited By: Jito Tenson

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