Red Bull Racing was the very first team on the grid this season to use team orders to guarantee that their first driver scored more championship points in the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez had to let teammate and reigning F1 World Champion Max Verstappen, and as a consequence, the Dutchman won the race in Spain. Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer begins to wonder when Italian-based racing team Ferrari will try to emulate Red Bull’s initiative and use team orders after only six races on the 2022 F1 calendar.
“Ferrari must be thinking to move to the same position were Carlos Sainz to be ahead of Charles Leclerc soon,“ said Palmer in his analysis. According to the former Renault driver, Ferrari has always refuted using team orders, but it would seem that the Italian team will have to soon follow Red Bull’s lead.
“Matter of time before Sainz has a stronger weekend” : Jolyon Palmer
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is currently placed second in the World Drivers’ Championship leaderboard, just behind Verstappen, and far ahead of Spaniard teammate Carlos Sainz. In the early months of the season, it was still stated that team orders would not be used since both drivers ought to have an equal opportunity to succeed in winning the championship.
But with the points count soaring so rapidly, Palmer believes that Ferrari will also use team orders within a reasonable amount of time. “It’s a situation that hasn’t arisen yet at Ferrari, but it’s probably a matter of time before Sainz has a stronger weekend, and team orders must be back in the minds of all,” added the former Renault driver.
Jolyon Palmer is of the opinion that given how the championship has progressed so far this season, Monacan driver Charles Leclerc is the only deemed favourite from Ferrari to have a shot at winning the championship.