Ferrari Reminisces Michael Schumacher Championship Era In The Face of Charles Leclerc Shortfalls

Published 09/24/2022, 12:55 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 9, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the sprint race as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates after placing second and Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrates after placing third Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

If you are a Ferrari fan, experiencing a ‘normal’ race week rarely ever happens. The Italian constructors will be disappointed by their season this year despite building a strong car. Moreover, after starting the season on a high, Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s title challenge quickly faded away in the midseason.

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Mattia Binotto has been on the receiving end of much of the criticism. The Italian Team Principal has defended their strategic team time and again, despite multiple errors costing Charles Leclerc precious points and race wins.

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Binotto also remembers the time when Ferrari was at their peak with Michael Schumacher driving them to glory for 5 years. He reminisces the time when Schumacher first won with a Ferrari car in Spain in 1996. It was that day Binotto understood what it truly meant to be a part of Ferrari.

When asked what is missing to get to the top? He said, “That winning mentality that was Schumacher at the time and that pushed you to do better after each victory.” (Translated from Google translate)

Binotto further added, “In Montmelò and Baku we had trouble when we were in the lead …”.

Schumacher won 5 titles on the spin with Ferrari. Charles Leclerc will be hoping to do something similar and bring the Prancing Horse back to its glory days. However, with a string of disappointing results after the summer break, Leclerc has fallen behind in the title race.

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Leclerc is on his way to becoming a Ferrari legend. The Monegasque has won 8 pole positions this year. In only his 5th year of racing in F1, Leclerc knows the one thing he’d change if given the opportunity. The Ferrari star explained why he would bring back the V10 engine era.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc sprays champagne on the podium after finishing second in the Italian Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Speaking on the Muschio Selvaggio podcast, Leclerc said, “The engine. We drove with a V10 for fun and the noise was crazy. Compared to the current engine the noise was different.”

However, he further added, “In the world we live in, though, you have to be careful about emissions and the direction is towards a more and more hybrid world.

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With Red Bull running away with the title, Ferrari will be looking to fend off any challenges from Mercedes. Additionally, Ferrari has a lead of 35 points over Mercedes. Can Carlos Sainz and Leclerc hold their nerves and guide Ferrari home?

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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