Ferrari suddenly became fragile and Red Bull risking to fly away with a Max Verstappen in a state of grace. The Formula 1 on stage next Sunday in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix sees the Maranello team grappling with reliability problems to be solved as soon as possible so as not to let the world champion team escape in the World rankings. All this on a street circuit, one of the most beautiful and engaging on the calendar, where for years the star of Lewis Hamilton has reigned who, however, this year will have to deal with a Mercedes defined as undriveable and with obvious performance problems. In addition, the seven-time world champion will have to keep at bay the desire to grow and amaze his young teammate George Russell third in Baku four days ago. The Canadian Grand Prix returns after two years of Covid and will be the ninth round for this new Formula 1. The artificial island of Notre Dame in Montreal thus re-embraces its audience and could represent a fundamental test for Charles’s hopes. Leclerc and the Maranello team the double retirement of Baku in the Azeirbaijan GP.
“We continue to be fully motivated – let the men in red know on social networks – Our ambitions are still high, our goal has not changed. These moments shape us, as individuals and as a group”. As for the engine that left Leclerc on foot in Baku, “it will arrive at the factory today, a first evaluation should be completed by evening. The hydraulic components of Carlos’s car (Sainz, ed) have already been examined. It is in progress. Maranello – a short-term solution for Canada, while work is underway for medium and long-term solutions “. And the former F1 manager Flavio Briatore also spoke about the bad moment: “let’s remember where Ferrari was last year, let’s see where it is this year: at a certain point it took a giant step, but in this reliability is essential, not finishing the races is a disaster, it means giving away 43 points.
I’m sorry because having Ferrari competing with Red Bull is great for the fans, for the whole of Formula 1 and for everyone. So, let’s hope not, it risks becoming a bit of a walk for Red Bull. “
The last Ferrari driver to triumph at the Quebec circuit for the Canadian Grand Prix was Sebastian Vettel, now in Aston Martin, while in recent years Hamilton has practically made a clean sweep: in 2019 he won for the seventh time (thanks to the penalty to Vettel), equaling Michael Schumacher’s primacy of the circuit.
With the victory in Baku Verstappen took off in the World Cup: now he has 21 points ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez and 34 over Leclerc, who slipped into third place.