Red Mist: Will Ferrari ever learn and get it right again?

Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari F1-75, the only driver on intermediate tyres in Q3.11.11.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 21, Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Qualifying Day.- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images

If Charles Leclerc’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race qualifying on Friday was a fiasco, then Ferrari’s response to it was laughable for us Tifosi which triggered the headline question.

“It’s a bit frustrating because we got both cars into Q3, and then we were confronted with a tough choice,” Ferrari’s Laurent Mekies confessed in a another typically poorly thought-out Maranello despatch.

“There is a golden rule that says that you should follow the track,” he admitted, before going on: “The track was dry, but we were expecting heavy rain imminently. Therefore, at the end of the day, we split our cars.”

“You always know, at that very moment where your cars are going out that, depending on the exact timing of the rain, it’s going to be one happy man and one unhappy man. That’s exactly what happened.

“The rain came probably a minute or two too late for Charles, and was probably the right timing for Carlos who was second on track. It’s the way it is: P5 and P10 – it’s the start of a long, long weekend,” added Mekies.

Why go for inters when it was still dry and no one else opted for that option?

Red Mist: Will Ferrari ever learn and get it right?

One has to ponder why anyone had to go for Inters when it was dry? Nobody else did. Only Ferrari. Why?

Worst of all is Mekies’ claim that F1’s oldest team – our Scuderia – must now ‘learn’. “We have had many, many good qualifyings this year, including in very tricky conditions like today,” he spluttered

“But in this sort of difficult situation, there is always a lot to learn about the right decisions to make and about the less right.

“Certainly it’s something that we have taken on board, with good habits, to analyse in detail with teams with drivers and pull together to always look at after. We will use today to make another step together.”

Why should F1’s oldest team, our Scuderia, need to learn one has to ask? Exactly! There really is no reason why Ferrari, the oldest team on the grid, needs to learn.

With our vast experience and know-how, should we not know it all? And then one has to ask why and how the team unlearned all that great knowledge from our glorious past?

Ferrari should not need to learn. We should know far more than the rest and lead in every F1 field. But the incompetent need a crutch and Ferrari’s new crutch, from where I stand as a die-hard Tifosi, is ignorance. The crutch of a broken and ignorant team.