What were Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz’s blunders at Imola?

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari had a race to forget at Imola after a dream start to the season.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ferrari will be evaluating what went wrong for both drivers and try to maintain their lead in the Driver’s Championship as well as Constructor’s Championship.
  • Can Carlos Sainz find the right rhythm and get on a winning strategy with Ferrari soon?

Ferrari has a disastrous weekend at Imola after Carlos Sainz crashed with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the first lap. The Spaniard driver was beached in the gravel trap but the Aussie driver managed to get out but he lost a lot of time and was last on the grid. Ferrari’s most successful driver of the season, till now, Charles Leclerc was in a podium position for most of the race but he went took a turn too violently, lost the balance of the car on the kerb and banged into the wall.

Although it seemed that he’s out of the race as well and finishing all hopes for Ferrari getting any points at their home Grand Prix, he was able to nurse his car back to life and with a swift pit stop for a tire change he resumed the race . But, he lost positions and dropped from P2 from the start of the race to P9 due to time lost after the mild crash and subsequent pit stop. The Tifosi were obviously audibly disappointed with Sainz and then Leclerc because Ferrari has been on fire this season and they have lived up to their brand history with the fastest car so far and with the Monegasque driver’s performance. Leclerc is still the number 1 driver in the F1 driver’s standings with 86 points with Max Verstappen below him amassing 59 points so far.

Carlos Sainz has dropped from the top 3 positions to the fifth position with 38 points, under Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez at the third position with 54 points and Mercedes’ George Russell in fourth position with 49 points. The Constructor’s Championship has Ferrari leading with 124 points, Red Bull Racing at second position with 113 points and Mercedes in third place with 77 points. McLaren is in position four with 46 points as they lead the best of the rest of the competition with consistent performances, mainly by Lando Norris.

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