Charles Leclerc qualified for his home race on pole position for the second time in a row. Carlos Sainz joined him in the front row. Ferrari looked surefire for a 2-1 finish, especially as it was Monaco. They’d looked like the better car all weekend and Charles Leclerc looked in command and it seemed like he was finally proving there is no curse.
It should not be. Ferrari made two mistakes, the first: he underestimated Perez’s pace and the second: they put both drivers in a double pit stop at the end of lap 21 when the distance between them was not enough for them both to pit without too lose time. The time Leclerc lost on the pit stop meant he relinquished the podium spot to Max Verstappen and the fact that he was stuck a full lap behind Albon before being sacked also contributed to him losing positions.
This was also due to the fact that Leclerc pitted at the end of lap 18 after Perez for intermediates. However, Sainz stayed outside and switched straight to slicks, keeping his original position. He might even have taken the lead if he hadn’t ended up behind the non-overlapping Nicholas Latifi.
Instead, Red Bull and Sergio Perez took the lead of the race and outwitted Ferrari with a brilliant overcut. Perez won the race and Leclerc had to settle for a miserable fourth place.
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Ralf Schumacher believes Ferrari’s mistake stems from ‘rust’
Ralf Schumacher believes Ferrari lost the race due to a pit stop error. In his column for Sky Germany he had said:
“The Monaco GP was ultimately decided by a strategic mistake by Ferrari in the pits. It was decided to separate the two Ferraris and proceed with different tire tactics. It initially made sense for Charles Leclerc because he was very fast on the wet tyres.”
The former Williams driver continued to explain Ferrari’s mistakes. “The mistake was that you reacted too late to Sergio Perez’s undercut. Carlos Sainz wanted to ride slicks and not intermediates. Charles should have just stayed out longer.”
For Schumacher, this was proof of one thing: Ferrari needs to improve their decision-making, as those decisions are critical to the championship fight.
“Ferrari has to relearn how to make the right decisions in the fight for victory at the top. This is a new situation that they haven’t had in recent years.”
“On the other hand, Red Bull has learned an incredible amount over the past few years from the tough World Championship fight with Mercedes, who have always been strategically very strong. They are now benefiting from that.”
Ferrari certainly can’t afford any more weekends of this nature, not with Red Bull 36 points away from them at the top. They will hope to put their suffering behind in Baku. Max Verstappen and Red Bull are currently leading their respective world championships. Red Bull has 235 points, with Verstappen contributing 125 of those points. Charles Leclerc is 9 points behind Max Verstappen.
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