Formula 1 – Ferrari: euphoria looks different

Ferrari is back. Good for Formula 1, even better for Italy. Because when the Scuderia is fighting for victories, the passionate Tifosi are happy. After two years of suffering, the Reds’ renaissance in Italy is sparking collective jubilation and rising ratings in the future.

The first (double) victory since Singapore in 2019 (Vettel ahead of Leclerc) was “an exclamation point from Ferrari,” says Sky expert Timo Glock. The traditional team from Maranello is back where it belongs according to its own thinking. Charles Leclerc dominated the Bahrain GP at will except for a three-round mega duel with Max Verstappen.

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But at Scuderia you also know what is important now: keep the ball flat. Team boss Binotto does not yet want to dream of the world title in view of the comeback. “The competition is very, very strong,” he admits. “They (Red Bull; ed.) would have been stronger without any problems. They are the champions and therefore the favourites. We do our best, but I can only get an idea of ​​where we really stand after four or five races.”
One thing is certain: Ferrari is currently also benefiting from the fact that 2021 was fully focused on the development of the new car, while Red Bull and Mercedes were busy with the world championship fight. Chassis, combustion engine, hybrid system – the Scuderia is a step ahead in everything. Now we have to keep it.

Charles Leclerc celebrates with Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto.

Binotto warns: “We have even more potential in the car, but because of the budget limit you can’t take the wrong development step.”

Ferrari is also on par with Red Bull with its driver pairing. Charles Leclerc impressively demonstrated in Bahrain that he can stand up to Max Verstappen in top form. “With this way of driving, he deserved the win today,” praised the team boss. Leclerc himself emphasizes: “It was tough but fair racing, the way I love it.” The fans can expect even more of it in 2022.

Only Carlos Sainz showed small weaknesses at the start of the season. The Spaniard isn’t quite as comfortable with the new ground effect cars as his team-mate. “I’m not yet driving the car the way it should be,” he admits self-critically. “If I can do that, I too can drive for victories.” Until then, Sainz will also step on the euphoria brakes to keep Ferrari from complacency: “Now we have to keep accelerating. The others don’t sleep.”

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An extension of the expiring contract with Carlos Sainz will soon ensure the necessary calm and consistency in the team. “We agree,” Binotto admits. “We just have to put it on paper.”

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