When the current Formula 1 2022 season kicked off, there was a giant hype around Ferrari‘s F1-75 and the team’s chances of pulling off a World Championship-winning performance throughout the twenty three races to finally get the title. But now thirteen races are already done and as the Russian GP is cancelled, only nine races are left.
At this point, Ferrari seems nowhere near leading the Constructors’ standings as the Maranello outfit is almost hundred points behind Red Bull.The Scuderia, despite having a brilliant start to the year, could not continue their good form, and that has led to their poor results in the recent races.
At Hungaroring, Charles Leclerc was leading the race and would have won a guaranteed podium victory, if not for Ferrari’s flawed strategy. And even in the earlier races, Charles had been failed by his team in terms of car reliability, strategy issues, etc.
Thus, all the F1 pundits and the fans seem to have come to a unanimous decision that Ferrari is lacking integrity in the strategy calls that they make during the race, and that is why they have fallen so far behind Red Bull, and are now being challenged by Mercedes. But Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto wants to hear none of that as he just defended his tactical team at a recent interview.
Mattia Binotto dismisses claims that Ferrari is going entirely wrong on race strategy
Judging from Ferrari’s results, it is clear that the Italian squad has underperformed in the last few races before the summer break commenced, and the sole reason for that has been their strategy and reliability. At some races, Charles Leclerc‘s car had broken down only moments before he was supposed to go into the last lap and win the Grand Prix, and at others, Leclerc was given a poor strategy that sabotaged his run. And the Monegasque’s teammate Carlos Sainz had also suffered under similar circumstances.
But just when the fingers are pointing towards Ferrari’s flawed strategy, their Team Principal Mattia Binotto refused to accept those claims. He said, “I think we have a great team dealing with strategy and I don’t think that’s our weakness. Races like Monaco, Silverstone or Paul Ricard were considered problematic on this front, but I don’t see the group as a problem, because I believe we have also made the right decisions.”
“Silverstone and Paul Ricard? From my point of view, I think they were difficult decisions, perhaps unfortunate, but not always wrong. So I don’t think it’s our weakness right now.”