The 2022 F1 season has panned out very differently for the two young drivers at Ferrari. Charles Leclerc, the young sensation from Monaco has dominated his teammate Carlos Sainz in all the ways possible.
With five races already done, Sainz is yet to finish ahead of Leclerc, and there are talks already that the Maranello Outfit might have to prioritise one driver of the other if they are in a position to win the Driver’s Championship.
Charles Leclerc is the easy choice for Ferrari, as he has more than double the points that Carlos Sainz has managed to score. Even more importantly, he is just 19 points ahead of the reigning world champion Max Verstappen.
It was a different story for Sainz and Leclerc in the previous season, when Sainz managed to finish ahead of Leclerc in the Driver’s Championship. This season Sainz is clearly being dominated by Charles Leclerc.
Jolyon Palmer says Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc might hear some team orders very soon
Even though the team orders might have to come in someway down the line, F1 pundit Jolyon Palmer believes that it’s definitely not going to happen in Spain, which happens to be Sainz’s home race.
“I can pretty much guarantee it won’t be this weekend if it does come for Carlos,” he said on the F1 Nation podcast.
“He beat Charles in the points last year as well so I don’t think the point comes just yet. We can all see the direction it is going but you never say never and it just takes a couple of bad races and it can swing back around at this point.”
Palmer continued and commented that with the relentless performance that Leclerc and Verstappen have been producing this season, it’s quite evident that their teammates will have to cede positions one day or the other. However if Jolyon Palmer is right, then It’s only a matter of time before we see team orders being implemented for Ferrari, but it’s definitely not happening at the Spanish GP weekend.