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Brundle: Ferrari and Leclerc mutual affection severely tested

Brundle: Ferrari and Leclerc mutual affection severely tested

Brundle: Ferrari and Leclerc mutual affection severely tested
Martin Brundle feels that Charles Leclerc’s DNF in Barcelona, and botched strategy in Monaco is severely tested the mutual affection between him and Ferrari.

Charles Leclerc lost his lead in the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship in Barcelona after his power unit gave up during the race, and while he was looking to bounce back in Monaco, taking a commanding pole and was leading the race when a strategy error by Ferrari saw him lose his lead and the race win eventually.

Martin Brundle reviewed the Monaco Grand Prix in his Sky Sports F1 column, and weighed in on Leclerc’s unfortunate race home and said: “You must feel sorry for local boy Charles Leclerc.

“He aced pole position and comfortably led the race only for strategy to consign him to fourth place,” he added. “Pitting on lap 18 for intermediates, then again three laps later for slicks with a confused radio message meaning he had to wait briefly for his teammate Carlos Sainz to receive his slicks in a double-stacked pit stop. Therefore, he was initially undercut by Perez into second place and then delayed into fourth by the second stop.

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“Unusually during the second red flag for Mick Schumacher’s sizeable crash at the swimming pool he was no doubt able to share his feelings about all this with the team.

“It was his race to lose, and he didn’t even end up on the podium just to rub salt in his wounds,” the Sky pundit said.

Leclerc and Ferrari relationship is being tested

Leclerc was vocal about his frustration about his Monaco race, and warned his team that too many mistakes are being made, something Brundle feels is putting the relationship between him and Ferrari to the test.

“The mutual admiration and affection between Leclerc and Ferrari remind me of the relationship Michael Schumacher had with the team,” the former F1 driver revealed, “but that has been severely tested on Leclerc’s side in eight days of two missed glorious victories and wasting the opportunity to regain the lead of the world championship.”

Carlo Sainz, Leclerc’s teammate, didn’t have an ideal race as well. Despite the Spaniard getting the tyres he requested, unlike Leclerc, his pit stop timing was not correct as he was stuck in traffic allowing Sergio Perez to jump ahead.

Brundle weighed in on Sainz’s situation, saying: “We don’t hear all the radio messages of course, but it must be said that Sainz in the Ferrari was abundantly clear that he wanted to skip the intermediates and go directly to slick tyres, and this was potentially a smart, confident and winning decision.

“Sadly for him, exiting the wet pitlane on the hard compound slicks he followed Latifi’s Williams for a dozen corners and lost track position to Perez, who delivered race-winning speed on his intermediate tyres between laps 16 and 21,” the veteran of 158 grands Prix explained.