Former F1 Champion Criticizes Ferrari’s Inconsistency- “All Over the Place”

Published 07/13/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


McLaren and Ferrari are trying to get out of the midfield to become top contenders. But there isn’t much room on the top for both. While the two are pretty close on the constructors’ board, McLaren have asserted their dominance on the track. In the recent episode of F1 nation, Damon Hill and Clarkson discuss Ferrari’s performance.

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Damon Hill scrutinizes Ferrari saying, “they turn up at a circuit; one minute it’s great, the next minute it’s not… Ferrari is all over the place.” He compares the two teams and what we can expect of them at the British GP.

“They [Ferrari] should have potential to be good at Silverstone, they’ve been strong in the past. However, McLaren is on their march. They are definitely creeping further and further, closer and closer to the guys in front.”

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Pool via Getty Images)

While many consider the sprint format will spice things up for the title contenders; once again, the format could be a pivotal factor for the two teams. Hill adds, “It comes down to balance, it comes down to tires, and it comes down to the format we’ve got now.”

Ferrari and McLaren’s race to the top

The two teams have had exceptional seasons so far. However, there’s a lot to unravel with the two. While McLaren has the better engine, Ferrari has been scoring points with both their drivers almost consistently.

At McLaren, Lando Norris has been fighting a lonely battle. While Ricciardo has been pulling in a measly amount points- what Lando bags in one race is more often than not more than both Ferrari drivers combined.

Simply put, McLaren has the stronger car while Ferrari has the stronger team. Daniel Ricciardo is slowly mastering the MCL35M, while Carlos Sainz adjusted much faster; even standing on the second step of the podium in Monaco, Danny’s strong circuit.

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The competition has been intense this season, that’s for sure. The contention between the orange and the red seems like one that will end with the season.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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