Ralf Schumacher believes the Ferrari “pecking order” is already set in stone for the season, with Carlos Sainz conscious of that and “offended” in consequence.
Regardless of two podiums within the first three races, Sainz has already fallen 38 factors behind team-mate Charles Leclerc within the Drivers’ standings, with the Monegasque driver having had a near-perfect begin to the season.
An issue with Sainz’s starter motor in qualifying in Australia compromised his session and left him out of place on the grid, and he then spun out of the race on the second lap – with Leclerc, in the meantime, occurring to win the race comfortably.
Though solely three races have taken place in 2022, Schumacher thinks the staff have thrown their assist behind Leclerc already – similarly to how his brother turned staff chief with Ferrari.
“The pecking order at Ferrari is already established,” he mentioned, as per F1 Insider.
“Carlos Sainz is aware of that too and is correspondingly offended. There was a time when somebody [brother, Michael] was very profitable and it was additionally the case that you just knew comparatively early on which driver you had been concentrating on.”
Crew principal Mattia Binotto insists that no staff orders will come into play but with the Scuderia, with each drivers nonetheless “free to battle” it out on the entrance of the sector, ought to they be operating in shut proximity.
Regardless of Sainz’s deficit to Leclerc, Binotto mentioned that the period of time to go within the season means there may be nonetheless loads of scope for issues to alter.
“It’s solely three races which have been finished now,” mentioned the Ferrari staff boss.
“There are nonetheless 20 races left, hopefully 19 or 20. So the championship remains to be very lengthy. Our drivers are free to battle, and I’m actually wanting ahead and having fun with that they’re battling for a very good place, and first place, if attainable.”
Sainz’s contract is up for renewal on the finish of the season, and each the staff and driver have mentioned that they wish to lengthen his keep at Ferrari past the top of 2022, which is regarded as all-but agreed.
However a brand new deal is but to be introduced, with a report claiming the Spaniard is wanting a two-year contract, however Ferrari are holding out to supply a one-plus-one deal, with the second 12 months being optionally available.
Former F1 driver Marc Surer thinks protecting issues as they’re is the easiest way ahead for the staff proper now.
“Sainz is principally doing an excellent job,” he mentioned. “He additionally will get on properly with Leclerc. It doesn’t make sense for Ferrari to alter the driving force pairing at quick discover.”