With Charles Leclerc taking over Max Verstappen within the opening two race weekends, Helmut Marko believes Ferrari have a “clear primary”, the identical as Crimson Bull.
Two races into the 2022 championship and Leclerc is main the Drivers’ standings with 45 factors, 12 forward of his team-mate Carlos Sainz, and 20 up on Crimson Bull driver and reigning World Champion Max Verstappen.
After two winless seasons with Ferrari, it has been an unimaginable begin to the marketing campaign for Leclerc, the Monégasque driver P1 in Bahrain, P2 in Saudi Arabia and scoring the fastest-lap level in each races.
And though his team-mate Sainz has additionally been on the rostrum twice, Marko reckons the battle to be Ferrari’s No 1 driver for the 2022 championship has already been determined.
“Final 12 months Sainz beat Leclerc, however this 12 months Leclerc is in high kind,” Formel1.de quotes the Crimson Bull advisor as having informed Servus TV.
“Meaning we are able to’t anticipate any help from Sainz.
“So it will likely be a state of affairs like ours, the place there’s a very clear primary driver.”
The Austrian is wanting ahead to watching the combat between Leclerc and Verstappen play out, the 2 having raced wheel-to-wheel on the Sakhir circuit and once more in Jeddah.
Verstappen was on the again foot after retiring from the Bahrain Grand Prix with a gas stress drawback however hit again on the second race, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
He took victory forward of Leclerc to get his title defence up and working with a 25-point haul.
“That hit us laborious,” Marko informed F1-Insider.com of Bahrain. “However there may be nonetheless sufficient time to regain the lead. Saudi Arabia was only the start.”
One other F1 persona eagerly anticipating the battle between Verstappen and Leclerc is former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher.
“It’s been a very long time since two groups fought as equals,” he stated. “The final time was in 2010. Again then it was between Crimson Bull and Ferrari.”
He reckons this season’s championship combat will come all the way down to who can develop their all-new automobile the quickest.
“The vehicles that had been constructed in line with fully new laws are nonetheless comparatively early of their improvement,” stated the German.
“I feel Ferrari are furthest alongside in the meanwhile.
“However Crimson Bull are masters at making a automobile quicker over the course of a season. Ferrari need to counter that, in any other case it will likely be tough for the title. However I feel they know that.”