If Charles Leclerc took himself, and oh how big, his mistake at the French Grand Prix, the evils of Ferrari are of course wider and concern, more than the pilots, the team itself.
Failed strategy with Carlos Sainz, communication that could be improved, another problem with the unity of power of Alfa Romeo with Guanyu Zhou… the Scuderia experienced glitch after glitch, at least on Sunday in France.
Nico Rosberg also has more Ferrari in his sights than Charles Leclerc, as he stated for Sky after the race.
“I really think it is premature for Leclerc to take responsibility for the accident. »
“Because it’s very unusual for something like that to happen, because you don’t push as hard as you can, you save your tires. »
“For the back to start moving like that… that’s really when the wind comes from the back, and if you have a bad gust or something, it can suddenly take 20% of your downforce at that time. »
Rosberg suspects that the Ferrari driver is not asked: why not the engine or even the pedal, although Mattia Binotto vehemently denied?
“And again, what happened to the motor or even the pedal? What is needed is a small cut or something that can come out of the back. »
“I think they need to take some time to look into it because I still can’t believe it was pilot error. »
“I also find it a little strange, and that’s where Charles complained that he couldn’t put the gas because of the pedal? I’m not sure what happened. »
Another mistake in Sunday’s race for Ferrari was the strategy of Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard stopped 5 or 10 laps too late in the medium (but did he really have to stop when he was 3rd?). In addition, his team discussed strategy with him amid an intense fight with Sergio Pérez’s Red Bull.
So Rosberg knocked out the Ferrari.
“I shook my head seeing Ferrari’s strategy for Sainz. What are they doing there? First of all, he was in the middle of a big fight on the track and his whole team wasn’t looking at it, they were doing their pit stop timing calculations. They talked to him as if in the middle of the action. I was wondering, guys, what are you doing? »
“Then the tires should have been good until the end. He even had a chance with Lewis still there for 2nd place. »
” What happened here ? »
“Actually, I think it’s time for them to make some changes there, some serious changes. »
“A terrible judgment there, terrible. I can’t explain it. Matthias [Binotto, le patron de l’équipe] really need to face it and make some serious changes, now is the time. »
Nico Rosberg, however, believes that Charles Leclerc, thanks to the intrinsic top speed of his single-seater, still has a small chance of catching Max Verstappen, even if this delay reaches 63 points….
“The only thing is, let’s not forget, Ferrari seems to have the best car today. »
“So it gives us hope that Leclerc can still return to the championship in the remaining races. Let’s play it. »
Mercedes is pumped up according to Nico Rosberg
Although not quite there, Mercedes took another step ahead of Paul Ricard (at least in the race), with the first double podium of the season for George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.
The former home, Nico Rosberg, enjoyed seeing his team return after the particular qualification which, on the contrary, was a frank disappointment in pure performance.
“What an incredible comeback for Mercedes after the slap in qualifying, no one could have predicted a double podium and also the pace they showed. »
“They are close to the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull. This is a big positive for Mercedes. »
For Nico Rosberg, Mercedes’ priority now is to work on qualifying.
“It looks like that’s the qualifying step, which is the big, big problem they have to face. In the race they confirmed that they’ve made some progress, so it’s a big positive for them now. »
“If they continue to have such bad Saturdays, it will be difficult for them to make enough progress to really fight for the win. So everything depends on it. »
“A Formula 1 team like Mercedes always works very, very hard. Sometimes I struggle to imagine how they can work harder, because there is a limit to everything. »
For Nico Rosberg, without a doubt, he who knows his former teammate Lewis Hamilton: the Briton is more motivated to face this second half of the season, even if the victories are not there.
“They remain super, super motivated and a race like Sunday also gives them energy because it gives them hope after a darker day like Saturday. »
“It gives them hope that maybe they can win more this year and fight for some victories late in the season, hopefully again, you know. »
“That hope inspires you again and that’s where Mercedes is now. »