Charles Leclerc is currently on the back foot compared to his 2022 rival Max Verstappen and former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has recently weighed in on the mistakes made by the Italian team and their highly rated Monegasque driver.
Felipe Massa who has a wealth of experience when it comes to F1 has asked the 24-year-old to remain patient and avoid an open fight with Ferrari regarding his 2022 setbacks.
The Maranello-based outfit got its season underway with an extremely strong start as Charles Leclerc managed to put maximum points on the board twice during the first three Grand Prix of the season.
However, as the season has progressed the Italian team has not been able to show itself the way it did early on, reliability and poor decision-making have hampered the team’s progress massively and Leclerc has been one of the victims who has suffered because of it.
The 2022 F1 season is 13 races down, and Leclerc at the moment is 80 points behind Max Verstappen in the Driver’s Championship, to add more misery, Red Bull is also 100 points ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors Championship.
But despite the poor run of form that Ferrari has been on, Felipe Massa feels that the team has to work around all its problems in a calm manner and should avoid any unnecessary publicity.
Felipe Massa’s take on the situation between Ferrari and Charles Leclerc
Massa was recently asked how he would feel if he had been in Charles Leclerc’s shoes and he said, “Well, definitely, internally, he’s not happy at all.”
“But you need to be patient. If you start a fight now, it will not help the team, but also Charles.”
“We cannot forget also that [at the French Grand Prix] he made a mistake that gave away a very good possibility to win the race and score the right amount of points.“
He continued: “Even if you’re not happy with the decisions, for mistakes that are happening, you need to fight in the right way, professionally.”
“But not showing [those emotions] outside, because if you start to show [them] outside, it’s not helping both sides, even if Ferrari made more mistakes here.”
“[A] fight, especially outside, will not help them.“
Felipe Massa has indicated that Charles Leclerc and Ferrari need to keep their issues behind closed doors and considering how the season has panned out for them so far, the former driver is not wrong in his assessment.
Ferrari and Leclerc have got a big task ahead of them in the 2022 Championship and they can’t afford to waste their energies arguing about what happened in the past. The team needs to get its house in order if they are to have any chance of winning any silverware this season.