Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had another disappointing weekend in Hungary as Ferrari slumped 1-2 finish over poor tyre strategy.
Charles Leclerc’s woes seem to not disappear as he suffered another poor result. Charles finished the 2022 Hungarian GP P6, while his teammate Carlos Sainz finished P4.
While Max Verstappen started the race P10 and yet managed to win his 8th win of the season. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell completed the podium finishing P2 and P3.
The Ferrari pit wall anticipated a smooth weekend in Budapest after qualifying P2 and P3 on Saturday. But 24 hrs later, the team lost potential 43 points in the race.
Ferrari was outsmarted by Red Bull and Mercedes, who pitted early. This cost the Italian team a vital track position later on in the race. Ferrari also chose to run the Hards, which weren’t ideal based on track conditions.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 31, 2022
Leclerc was visibly frustrated with the bizarre strategy that cost him a podium finish. He said, “I don’t know what to say, my medium tyres were good. I had a good feeling about them. I don’t understand.”
And with the win, Verstappen gained an 80-point lead over Leclerc. Over which Leclerc sighed, “We can’t hope to win the championship if we do races like that.”
Charles Leclerc frustrated over Ferrari Strategy
Charles Leclerc was clearly frustrated with the errors of Ferrari’s strategy team. Ferrari asked the two drivers to pit later than Red Bull and Mercedes, leaving them vulnerable.
The Monegasque was annoyed towards the end of after running his set of hards. He was losing traction and pace. Even Max Verstappen managed to overtake Leclerc despite having a massive lockup and spinning 360.
As abuse is no longer allowed when we speak about F1, I’m forced to say Ferrari’s strategists are brilliant.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 31, 2022
Leclerc was heard saying on the radio towards the end of the race, “The hard was so bad. That’s why I said I wanted to stay on medium for as long as possible. Was this the same for everyone?”
Ferrari’s error means they are 97 points behind the leading constructor Red Bull. Mercedes are, however, catching up in the race for P2 on the table. Mercedes are trailing the Italian team by 30 points heading into F1’s summer break.