Formula 1 journalist and Ferrari insider Leo Turrini, through the columns of his quotidiano.net blog, critically comments on Scuderia Ferrari’s result and performance at the 2023 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. Indeed, despite Red Bull seeming unbeatable this year, the streets of the Principality could have offered a chance for the Maranello drivers, who, however, failed to capitalize on the Monte Carlo weekend due to a series of mistakes made by themselves or by the Italian side, as was the case in Saturday’s qualifying, when Charles Leclerc received a three-place grid penalty for blocking Lando Norris, due to the fact that his race engineer did not inform him that the British driver was approaching on a fast run.
The first image that the journalist presents comes from a famous saying, which aligns perfectly with the weather conditions seen on Sunday in the Monaco Grand Prix:
“You know the saying. When things go wrong, it could always rain. Except that on Ferrari, it hails. A sixth and eighth place in one of the rare circumstances where something good could have been expected: need I say more?”
The Monaco circuit, in fact, marked a profound defeat for the Prancing Horse, not only in terms of points gained but also in terms of morale for the Maranello team on a rece weekend in which Ferrari was confident it could achieve much more. “Here, the sad thing is the sense of resignation that seems to envelop the Scuderia. The drivers are frustrated. Not just today. The circumstances never help, from Carletto’s penalty on Saturday to the wet pit stop on Sunday,” that’s how Leo Turrini describes the atmosphere in the garage after the race.
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So, what are Ferrari’s problems? Which opponents should they focus on? Leo Turrini’s response doesn’t take long: “I always say that the issue is not Red Bull, a superbly driven car by Max Verstappen, who is a phenomenon. The problem, from a Ferrari perspective, has the names of Aston Martin, Mercedes, even Alpine Renault. It all depends on who is at the top of the corporate pyramid, passing through Frederic Vasseur. The team principal has a tough nut to crack.” – the Italian journalist concluded at the end of the Monte Carlo race.