How Ferrari lost valuable points due to faulty tactics and reliability problems » FirstSportz

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz fight in their Ferrari
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz fight in their Ferrari

Currently second in the championship standings, Ferrari has accumulated 303 points with 4 Grand Prix wins and 11 podiums for her two talented racers –Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappenin contrast to red bull‘s 359 points with 7 race wins and 14 podiums.

But at the start of this season, no one predicted that Red Bull, with all its engine reliability and vehicle weight issues, could topple Ferrari, who came out with the near-perfect F1-75 that gave the Italian team a dreamy P1 – 2nd place in the very first race of the year 2022.

However, as we are almost in the middle of the ongoing 2022 F1 season, it is quite evident that Ferrari’s lead, which they had established early on, could not be sustained over the 11 races that have taken place to date, due to some fundamental reliability issues . Ferrari has had a total of 4 engine problems this season that have forced their drivers to abandon their races. Her last retirement came in Austria, where Carlos Sainz’s brilliant show at Spielberg was interrupted when his car started smoking and finally burst into flames towards the end of the race.

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Ferrari’s tactical mistakes seem obvious when looking at the results so far

The Ferrari F1-75
The Ferrari F1-75

If a team is aiming for the Constructors’ Championship, they must be flawless in every respect. But between their performance in Australia and that in Austria, Ferrari failed to maintain their purple patch. In Melbourne, Sainz had a DNF, although Leclerc finished first. And the same was repeated in Austria. It shows that Ferrari keep missing opportunities where they are absolutely guaranteed a 1-2 finish.

At Ferrari’s home round at Imola, the Tifosi were expecting a big win for Scuderia, but a minor strategic error saw polesitter Charles Leclerc drop to sixth place and Carlos Sainz was unable to complete his run due to a retirement. In Miami, Leclerc clinched another pole position but he couldn’t convert it into a race win as Max Verstappen took Miami’s first-ever Grand Prix win and Leclerc and Sainz finished second and third respectively.

In Spain, Leclerc was the first driver to retire while Carlos finished fourth, bringing home some championship points for the team. Once again Monaco’s Charles Leclerc failed to convert his pole position into a race win.

In total, Charles Leclerc has claimed 6 pole positions in all 11 races that have taken place so far, but he only has 3 race wins. This shows how Ferrari’s tactics led to poor results for the team and set them back in their quest for this year’s Constructors’ Championship. But with Charles Leclerc’s victory in Austria, the team regained some of their lost confidence and the Monegasques even claimed that their team is now back in the game. So it remains to be seen how Ferrari will fare in the upcoming races and whether the Scuderia can still clinch the championship title at the end of the season.

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