By: Myanna Wedes
The struggle is real. Ferrari are not performing and are struggling which is quite a shock to all after a fabulous 2019 season.
In race one at Austria, Leclerc finished third. In race two at Styria, he did not make even one completed lap. It was an absolute disaster and one that took out his teammate Vettel as well. Leclerc had to own his mistake which he did and knows full well the cost of that mistake so early into a season driven by COVID-19 and unpredictability.
The Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has a lot to handle with turning the team around and making sure his job is not on the chopping block. Ferrari need to find their feet quickly before 2020 becomes a season to forget. Their main driving force is Leclerc and he is watching other teams perform whilst they question how the performance level has dropped so significantly. Could it be from the illegal use of the engine last year which they were sanctioned for and settled under a sealed letter?
A Ferrari car should not fail in F1.
Therefore, this weekend’s race at Hungary is vital to push them in the right direction and also boost the morale across the team.
Charles Leclerc #16
“What happened today is clearly my fault, there’s nothing else to say. I take full responsibility. I made a mistake and apologising is not enough. We need to take every opportunity and today we could have had one, because even though we might not have the performance to collect a lot of points at the moment, every single point is important and anything can happen in the race, as we saw last week. But we didn’t bring home any points. I was so eager to do well for the team and I thought I might be able to gain three or four places and I went for it. But in fact the opportunity wasn’t there. It’s not easy for the whole team who worked hard to bring upgrades here. We are going through a difficult time and we don’t need this.
I have apologised to the team and to Seb, who didn’t do anything wrong. I let everyone down today and I am very sorry. I will learn from this and come back stronger next time.”
Sebastian Vettel #5
“I was really looking forward to racing today and had a good feeling about it. I didn’t get a very good start, losing a bit of momentum off the line. Then, it was very busy in Turn 3 and I was already fighting two cars. I had the inside line so I was not expecting anyone to try anything. I could not see that Charles was coming and unfortunately, I had nowhere else to go as there just wasn’t enough space. However, we are both mature enough to move on from this incident. It is very disappointing, but in my mindset,
I am generally optimistic and at least I don’t have to wait long to be back in the car, so let’s hope that Hungary will be a better place for us.”
Mattia Binotto Team Principal
“It is painful, very painful, to see both our cars back in the garage after just a couple of laps. Incidents like this can always happen when you start in the middle of the pack and it’s pointless to apportion blame. It’s the worst possible end to a weekend that was already very disappointing. It’s true we took no real part in the race, but we can’t hide behind the collision that eliminated both cars. However, now is not the time for accusations. Instead, we must just get on with our work. Difficult moments can bring out the best in people and I’m sure that will be the case now.”
We will be watching closely this weekend to see how the red carpet rolls out and if it does end up lined up to the podium!