Ferrari & Charles Leclerc Given Gloomy Diagnosis, Told to Try Again Next Year

Published 09/25/2022, 9:35 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talks with Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Ferrari have had a mixed season so far. While they started strongly, they haven’t been able to keep that momentum going. Former Ferrari and FIA boss, Jean Todt, has a word of advice for the team.

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The start of the season indicated the grand return of Ferrari. With Charles Leclerc winning and Carlos Sainz in 2nd, the Tifosi finally found a reason to rejoice.

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However, the joy was short-lived. With multiple retirements, some questionable race strategies, and sometimes just failing to match Red Bull’s pace, the Prancing Horse has struggled. Needless to say, both championship title fights seem to be over for Ferrari. Former boss Jean Todt, however, seems optimistic about their future.

Jean Todt urges Ferrari to make changes

Ferrari were a force to reckon with under Todt. They had won multiple World Championship titles under him (Drivers and constructors). It was under him that Michael Schumacher had won his 5 consecutive Drivers’ Championship titles. The Frenchman has now praised Ferrari’s efforts this season, but with some advice.

Talking to Motorsport Italy, Todt complimented Ferrari by saying that they had built a great car this season.

However, he felt that something was missing. He said, “Something is still missing because to win you need to reach the top from all points of view.” (Translated using google)

“When you are not at the top it is important to understand where the mistake is coming from. If you often make the same mistakes, then it means that there is something to change”.

The former Team Principal said that while the car looked the best at some point during the year, Ferrari missed out on some chances owing to some problematic strategy, car reliability issues, and one safety car incident.

Todt wary of judging Ferrari without knowing the situation from inside

The multiple World Championship-winning Team Principal was hopeful of Ferrari winning the Drivers’ Championship. He said that there could be some more possibilities for next year. However, he did not want to give advice to current Team Principal Mattia Binotto.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2022 Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto before practice REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

He said, “I don’t want to give advice to Binotto, because it’s easy to talk without knowing the situation of the Cavallino.”

“Ferrari is doing well, people may not realize the very high level of competitiveness that F1 has reached today. Of course, we would like Ferrari to win again as a drivers’ title has been missing since 2007. The expectation of the fans is great, but the goal is close: maybe there will be some more possibilities next year.”

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Ferrari finished 3rd last season with a massive gulf of 262 points between them and 2nd placed Red Bull. Given how they have been struggling these years, the first few results this season marked their much-awaited comeback. Things only look to go up from here for The Prancing Horse.

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Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.

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