Wolff: Ferrari are dropping the ball at the moment

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen pulls a face as he speaks with Charles Leclerc. Monaco May 2022

Toto Wolff says Ferrari are letting Formula 1 fans down as they are “dropping the ball” in the title fight.

Although Ferrari’s 2022 campaign got off to a flying start, Charles Leclerc recording two wins in the first three grands prix, the Scuderia have not won a race since Australia.

Instead Red Bull have gone on a rampage, taking six wins on the trot, five of which have been won by Max Verstappen.

As such he has raced out to a 46-point lead over Sergio Perez in a Red Bull 1-2. Leclerc is a further three points off the pace.

Wolff says Ferrari are letting F1 fans down.

“It would be good if Leclerc played up front,” the Mercedes motorsport boss told Motorsport-Total.com. “That would be really good for Formula 1, but they [Ferrari] are dropping the ball at the moment.

“It would be better if the World Championship goes to the end and is not already decided in September.”

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, looks at Charles Leclerc, Ferrari. Spain, May 2022.

Last season Mercedes took the title fight against Red Bull to the very last lap of the championship, Verstappen passing Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi to win his first World title.

This year, though, Mark Webber says the Dutchman will likely wrap it up with a few races to spare.

Leclerc is determined to prove the former Red Bull driver wrong.

“I’m not worried,” he said. “It’s a big gap, but I’m just concentrating on the work and I’m confident that we can win it back.

“That motivates me more, because of course I know that the pace is in the car.

“I’m not worried, I’m just extremely motivated to finally have a clean weekend and to show that we are strong.”

The Ferrari driver has not finished on the podium in the last four races with two retirements due to reliability issues that led to his back-of-the-grid start in Canada where Ferrari fitted his F1-75 with a new power unit.

“Reliability will definitely be a big issue,” Leclerc acknowledged. “We saw that Red Bull also had a few problems. We just have to get good points consistently.”

“It seems to be a problem for everyone this season, but if we get a grip on it, the performance is there to fight back.

“If we get to the finish, then we’ll fight for victories. So we’ll try to make up a few points at Silverstone.”

 

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