At the recently concluded Styrian Grand Prix, nearly every Ferrari fan wanted to crawl into a corner and hide. A half-witted move from Charles Leclerc resulted in Sebastian Vettel losing his rear wing and both cars out of the race. In light of the Maranello based outfit’s woes, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff urged them to keep their chin up.
Because of their debacle, the Ferrari team has been the subject of much ridicule. However, Wolff refuses to rule out Ferrari and still has faith in his rivals. Speaking to Speedweek, the Austrian said, “Of course they are badly beaten now. It’s an incredible brand with hard-working people.” (as translated by google)
Last weekend was a mixed bag for Scuderia Ferrari, with Vettel spinning midway and finishing down the order. On the other side of the fence, Leclerc had contrasting fortune when he found himself finishing second. Sadly, he could not repeat his heroics on Sunday.
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Is this game over for Scuderia Ferrari?
This season, the script is playing out in such a way that Mercedes is dominating and Red Bull Racing is not consistent enough. Toto Wolff admitted that he was surprised that Red Bull could not keep up, especially since they were quick on Friday.
However, he insisted that he would love to see Scuderia Ferrari regain its mojo and buck up the pace. He continued, “We want a strong Ferrari. We need Ferrari upfront in the fight with all the other great teams.
“Something like today or the last weekend is not good for us and is also not good for Formula 1. I would not write Ferrari off early. Today it was a driver mistake and it led to the double failure.”
Hopefully, for Ferrari’s sake, the drivers and team can sort themselves out. The team has already confessed that they are preparing for a difficult campaign.
The only issue is that people are starting to find out just how far out of depth Ferrari really is. With Carlos Sainz Jr. coming next season, the pressure is on to give him and Charles Leclerc a car worthy of being a title contender.