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Scary result in battle for WC in F1

Charles Leclerc lost WC lead.
After starting with three wins, his results slumped and the last eight races resulted in an almost frightening result – a podium.

After the Hungarian GP, ​​Charles Leclerc is 80 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and if we look back at the last eight races, he could have had a better finish in all seven races where he missed the podium.

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc had a tough spring and summer (AP/TT)

The problems started in Barcelona, ​​where he was in the lead when the car broke down. In Monaco, Ferrari made disastrously poor strategic decisions, and in Baku he broke while leading. In Canada he got a start penalty which meant he had to chase down the field, at Silverstone the strategy failed again, in France he made a mistake in the lead and in Hungary the team again made a poor strategic decision.

– I don’t know why we chose harder tires in the second pit stop. It worked well with medium tires and I can’t understand why they made that decision. Charles Leclerc said after the race that the final part of the race was a disaster.
– We lost the race there.

Sky’s expert Ralf Schumacher was even more scathing in his criticism:
– Ferrari already made a bad decision on Friday where they used the wrong tires during practice. It was bitter for the Ferrari and I couldn’t quite understand the last pit stop when switching to the soft tyres. There they offer two places, and he tells Skye.
– I don’t think Red Bull will get as much help in Hungary as they did.

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It offers the following results for Charles Leclerc 2022:

Spain TNF
Monaco 4
Baku DNF
Canada 5
Great Britain 4
Austria 1
France TNF
Hungary 6

Charles Leclerc
Leclerc during a pit stop in Hungary (TT).

Want to read more about Hungarian GP in F1 And Ferrari’s failure you do this.

Mercedes is satisfied after two podiums, two race weekends and Andrew Scholl is positive:
– We need a little more to get the first win of the season, but every week we feel like we are getting closer, he was quoted by
– but it’s liberating to see how hard the team and drivers work to build the car.
The stable now have nine races left to prevent Mercedes from winning – for the first time in nine years.

15 million dollars – one year

Aston Martin has bid farewell to Sebastian Vettel and replaced him with Fernando Alonso. Just as much experience, but not much of the same political commitment and angst. No one is as stubborn and a big winner as Fernando Alonso, but no one is more grumpy when things don’t go his way.

Do you remember the debacle with McLaren-Honda that led to him leaving F1 for a while? It will be interesting to see if he and Lance Stroll get along over time – if he and Lawrence Stroll get along over time. The new contract is for several years and according to Blick, the 41-year-old Alonso will earn $15 million per year.
Read more about Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin here.