Two races ago, Ferrari was still at the top of the constructors’ championship, while already 80 points behind Red Bull.
But especially for the title candidate Charles Leclerc He came out strong in his second DNF in three races. Monasque was still 46 points ahead of Max Verstappen after his victory in Australia, meanwhile he is 34 points behind.
“I am more than disappointed,” Leclerc said, stuttering in Baku. His bike stopped on lap 20. “It hurts.”
“We need to quickly see what the problem is and make sure it doesn’t happen again. I don’t have words for it now. It’s very frustrating.”
The fact that Sergio Perez had also passed Leclerc was very difficult. “It says a lot. It’s a huge disappointment. I hope we can come back.”
The engineers at Maranello also realized after the Spanish Grand Prix – Leclerc’s first retirement – that the car still had to be fixed.
And if the message has not yet arrived, the failures of Zhou (Alfa Romeo) and Magnussen (Haas) – both with Ferrari’s power unit under the hood – confirmed the problem in Baku.
Team principal Mattia Binotto admitted that “reliability is always an important and decisive factor. It has become clear that it is not yet in order and that we still have some work to do.”
“First we need to understand and analyze what happened. It’s a concern. It’s a bigger concern because I don’t know the answer and I’d like to know what the problem is. But I’d rather fix a fast, unreliable car and then the other way around.”
With the next race scheduled for Sunday, there isn’t much time to look for solutions. But Binotto does not think Ferrari really has to win in Montreal. “I don’t think winning is a must. We look at that race based on race.”
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