DAVID COULTHARD in contrast two Ferrari heavyweights after a dominant show by Charles Leclerc in Melbourne.
F1: Leclerc says Ferrari profession has 'exceeded expectations'
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David Coulthard has in contrast Charles Leclerc’s dominant show in Australia to these of F1 icon Michael Schumacher. Coulthard completed within the Drivers’ Championship high three on 5 separate events throughout his personal distinguished profession, toppled in three of these seasons by Schumacher himself.
Leclerc kick-started his dominant weekend in Saturday qualifying the place he took pole place by nearly three tenths. He grew to become the primary Ferrari driver to realize a Grand Slam race weekend in 12 years when he transformed that pole right into a fourth profession win on Sunday, having additionally led the race in its entirety and set the quickest lap.
The Monegasque’s title hopes have been additionally dealt a lift after Max Verstappen, who many see as his key rival this yr, was compelled to desert his race with one other Crimson Bull energy unit problem.
It topped off a dominant few days for the Prancing Horse which served as extra proof that they are going to be difficult for the highest prizes this season, and Leclerc has the expertise to match Ferrari legends of yesteryear.
David Coulthard hinted that Charles Leclerc may replicate Michael Schumacher’s dominance (Picture: GETTY)
“I had a little bit little bit of a shiver truly, a flashback to when Michael was dominant within the Ferrari,” Coulthard joked with Channel 4, “All my fears got here again once more!”
“We have got to acknowledge he [Leclerc] is a high quality driver, an awesome human being. Ferrari has labored laborious, and [team principal] Mattia Binotto, what a cool character he is been underneath all of the stress of the shortage of efficiency during the last two years. That [Leclerc’s drive] was dominant. That actually was a formidable show.”
Whereas Leclerc might solely now be getting into the height of his F1 powers, Schumacher stays in direction of the highest of nearly each fascinating all-time record having dominated within the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s with Ferrari. The German nonetheless shares the highest spot with Lewis Hamilton by way of all-time world titles because the pair boast seven apiece.
Regardless of the early indicators suggesting that Ferrari and Leclerc will run away with group and particular person honours, Verstappen and Crimson Bull are more likely to take encouragement from claims that the Prancing Horse won’t make any vital efficiency modifications for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Group boss Mattia Binotto identified that the format of the dash race weekend won’t give them sufficient time to take action and assess the modifications in observe.
Max Verstappen was left pissed off by extra Crimson Bull reliability woes in Melbourne (Picture: GETTY)
Crimson Bull solely must rectify their reliability points, subsequently, for Verstappen to be in with an opportunity of getting one again on Leclerc. The Dutchman has been compelled to retire in two of the season’s three races to this point, whereas the one one he did full resulted in a blockbuster victory over his Ferrari rival.
A 46-point hole nonetheless makes for grim studying at such an early stage within the season, and he might should beat Ferrari on residence turf subsequent outing if he’s to start closing the hole.