After a hot start, Ferrari’s ‘sadly fun’ season

But what will Scuderia Ferrari be able to come up with to attract the derision of the Formula 1 world for their domestic Grand Prix this weekend? A slice of pizza forgotten in the brake balls? Spilled too much Spritz in the tank? Or a Vespa wheel mounted instead of 18 inches? The thousands of Tifosi who will converge on Monza, near Milan, for the Italian Grand Prix fear, if anything, a new pasta from their favorite team, as the opposites unite after a promising start to the season for Ferrari.

To the point of becoming the laughingstock of the paddocks. Charles, host of the Scuderia Ferrari F1 France page has never achieved so many followers on Twitter. “I really don’t know if they are detractors or fans in distress, but in fact there are more and more of them. As soon as the Scuderia does something, people react, laugh, there is a grotesque side. It doesn’t bother me because I created this page to share emotions, good or bad. Or sadly funny,” he smiles.

Pit stop by Carlos Sainz

In the latest event, more symbolic than symptomatic, the brakes of a Ferrari truck carrying parts from Zandvoort, where Max Verstappen (RedBull) won the Dutch Grand Prix, caught fire during the trip to Italy during the week of start As if the on-track mishaps weren’t enough, the day after Carlos Sainz’s horrific pit stop during the Dutch Grand Prix, which in itself could sum up Ferrari’s season. The Spaniard had to wait more than 12 seconds to mount new hard tires, when a classic stop is sent in 2.5 seconds. The reason ? Only three tires were ready. An unimaginable mistake in Formula 1, which made the team’s engineers very derisive.

Strategic errors

But what really drives the millions of Ferrari fans crazy is the accumulated bad strategic choices of the so-called masterminds at Maranello. Take Hungary, at the beginning of August, when victory was coming to Charles Leclerc, with a Max Verstappen starting from 10th place on the grid. “We have a more efficient car, six or seven tenths per lap. But on Saturday we collapse and Sunday is a disaster. The strategists did anything by bringing Leclerc in to put on hard rubber, not at all efficient. 15 laps later they brought him back to put on soft tyres,” laments Charles. Results ? Max Verstappen comfortably won as Leclerc pounced to climb to a dismal sixth.

After the summer holidays, in Spa in Belgium at the end of August, there is another outing. Ferrari brought Leclerc to put him on soft tires with two laps to go in an attempt to pocket the point for fastest lap of the race. Lost, the Monegasque driver leaves Alonso behind. He was forced to overtake the Spaniard to regain his 5th place. No fastest time in his pocket, and worse, a 5 second speeding penalty in the pit lane, which eventually drops him back to 6th. A penalty that the driver will learn from the journalists at the end of the race.

“Latin Pride”

Mattia Binotto, the boss of Scuderia Ferrari is increasingly vilified, at least as much for his inability to question himself as for the mistakes made in themselves. “What bothers me is to see Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes, take the floor to say that we missed this and that. At Ferrari there is no such culture. It should not be criticized because it is a team that has great self-esteem. There is also a bit of the cliché of Latin pride, but what is certain is that the criticism there is very complex,” says Charles.

Still, this atmosphere is far from giving drivers confidence. After Carlos Sainz’s mistakes at the start of the season, Charles Leclerc took over. First at Imola at the end of April, then during the French Grand Prix at the end of July, when he crashed his Ferrari alone while calmly leading. A few minutes earlier, Jean Alesi confided to us that to hope to beat Verstappen, Ferrari had to achieve a “flawless”. Lost. Worse, it is Mercedes that is slowly catching up in the constructors’ standings by force of balls.

To avoid fate, or rather to honor its long history, the Italian team will wear yellow in the suits of its two drivers and its single-seater this weekend at Monza. Will the brand’s original color bring luck to Ferrari? This special livery of the F1-75 and its yellow stripes on the engine cover does not seem to live up to the expectations of the Tifosi in any case. If Ferrari also manage to stay on the design, the end of the season could be very long.

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