Charles Leclerc, in Bahrain a DNF that hurts him and Ferrari
Charles Leclerc’s retirement in Bahrain will certainly not be decisive for Scuderia Ferrari’s season, which has just begun, just as Max Verstappen’s retirement in 2022 did not prevent the Dutchman from dominating the world championship. What is certain is that the disappointing outcome in the Bahrain Grand Prix risk causing some friction, because the Monegasque is in his fifth year at Maranello, and while Max Verstappen – his rival since his karting days – is collecting F1 titles, Charles always finds himself dealing with the same problems: tyre degradation and power unit reliability.
Problems that cannot be solved by sending this or that engineer or team principal away. Also because several team bosses of the pit wall have been changed in recent years, but the last one to have won something was Stefano Domenicali, now way back in 2008. The current Formula 1 president wanted to give the Monegasque some advice on how to manage this moment delicate.
Stefano Domenicali’s comments following the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix
“If frustration enters the mental aspect of a great sportsman, then there are other problems. I believe that a great athlete must have the personality to be a point of reference within a team especially in a moment of difficulty. It is clear Charles understands that this are important. 2023 is a decisive year for him and therefore he expects the team to provide him with a car that is the best, just as he must claim from himself not to make any kind of mistake, because otherwise the problem becomes even bigger“ – former Scuderia Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali said, in an interview for sports news program shown Sport Mediaset.
“I believe that this is certainly a very important phase for Charles, for his Formula 1 future, but he must also be very pragmatic in seeing that winning with Ferrari certainly has an extraordinary and unique meaning, but other teams at the moment maybe they cannot give him a chance to compete for victory. So right now there must be maximum concentration to work as a driving force within a team that has to go through a period that is certainly not easy“ – Formula 1 president Stefano Domenicali concluded.
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