Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has stated he’s “amazed” to see simply how a lot of a leap the workforce have gotten over their rivals, with the brand new rules coming into impact in Formulation 1.
The workforce has made a superb begin to the game’s new period, with Charles Leclerc having scored 71 factors out of a attainable 78 out there within the first three races of the season.
Not solely that, the F1-75 has proven itself to be each quick and dependable, displaying their velocity towards a quick however faltering Purple Bull, who’ve had three retirements in the identical spell – dropping them nicely off the tempo.
Leclerc’s 34-point lead within the Drivers’ Championship is already an indication of Ferrari’s intent in getting again to the summit of Formulation 1, and the Brazilian thinks the automobile’s sturdiness has already performed a giant position.
“I’m amazed that Maranello are thus far forward of their understanding of the brand new guidelines, after which the reliability of the only seater,” Massa instructed La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It’s no secret that if Ferrari is thus far forward within the championship, it’s due to the automobile’s robustness.”
Unsurprisingly, speak has already begun about Ferrari’s lasting title problem this season – significantly with Leclerc’s tempo firstly of the yr.
Massa, who raced for Ferrari for eight seasons, doesn’t wish to get carried away with the workforce’s World Championship prospects simply but, although.
However that stated, with the circuits which are on the horizon within the subsequent stage of the season, the Brazilian agrees with Leclerc’s ideas and thinks the Scuderia can carry out even higher nonetheless.
“We’ve to remain calm, as a result of the stability of energy is just not but so clear after a couple of races, I’m not saying that Ferrari already has the 2022 World Championship in its pocket,” the 2008 World Championship runner-up added.
“However now there are circuits the place it’s extra vital to have downforce than prime velocity: I’m considering of Imola, Spain and Monte Carlo, conditions the place Ferrari can go even sooner than it has thus far, as a result of we’ve realised that Purple Bull has quite a lot of velocity, whereas Ferrari is a extra balanced automobile within the corners, having a better load.”