Max Verstappen has been cut above the rest this season and former Formula One driver Hans-Joachim Stuck has backed him to continue with his form in the second leg starting from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards.
While Max has been superb, some of the help in creating an 80-point gap between Leclerc and Verstappen has been done by the Ferrari F1 team.
The Maranello-based team has suffered from reliability issues and to add more misery, its drivers have also contributed to the miserable position of the team in both the Championships.
When stuck was asked to give his opinion on the position of Mattia Binotto, he said, “I don’t know how much longer Ferrari will give him credit“. Stuck also has his doubts about the crash of Charles Leclerc at Paul Ricard. “The oversteer did not come from him. I can imagine that he was instructed by the team to claim that he made a mistake, even though there was a problem with the car. I wouldn’t rule that out.“
Charles Leclerc can compete with Max Verstappen
Charles Leclerc after 13 rounds is significantly behind Verstappen in the Drivers Championship, the German Stuck feels that he can still compete with the Dutchman.
Verstappen is above everyone else at the moment. Right behind him are drivers like Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, or George Russell, who can definitely take on him.” With nine races to go, the big task for Ferrari to close the gap on Red Bull. “If they want to make it happen, the mistakes they made this year must not happen again. It’s a shame how many points they’ve thrown away already this season.”
Stuck has blatantly indicated that Ferrari has to cut down on its mistakes in order to stand a chance in the fight for the 2022 World Championship. Moreover, he believes that everything is still theoretically possible and Ferrari should give their all in the second leg.
“But the basis is that they stop making mistakes. Technically they are at a very high level. But you must not forget one thing: the driver Verstappen and the team of Red Bull are on a pedestal at the moment. They are doing just fine.”
In conclusion, Stuck says he is looking forward to the battle at the top of the table and is expecting some exciting racing between Max and Charles going ahead into the season.”
The second leg is kicking off on the 26th of August and considering everything that has gone on in the first half of the season, the final leg is going to be a feisty affair between Red Bull and Ferrari and it will be fascinating to see who manages to come out on top at the end of the last race of 2022 in Abu Dhabi.