Berger: Psychology behind Ferrari’s driver comments

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Berger: Psychology behind Ferrari’s driver comments

Ex-Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger believes group boss Mattia Binotto talks of getting the very best driver line-up to spice up motivation.

Following Sebastian Vettel’s exit from the group on the finish of 2020, Carlos Sainz took over as team-mate to Charles Leclerc, the duo each delivering a stable marketing campaign to safe P3 within the 2021 Constructors’ Championship from McLaren.

And though Sainz’s begin to the 2022 marketing campaign has been removed from easy, Ferrari moved early to increase his contract via to the top of 2024.

Binotto had beforehand claimed that in Leclerc and Sainz, Ferrari home the very best driver line-up in System 1, repeating that viewpoint after Sainz’s contract extension had been introduced.

Berger feels such statements are made for psychological causes to maintain the nice vibes circulating.

Berger: Psychology behind Ferrari’s driver comments

“These are statements which are widespread on this state of affairs, it doesn’t matter what you assume,” stated Berger, quoted by

“It raises the motivation of the drivers. And since the second (Sainz) has additionally been signed up for longer it’s important to underline that, after all.”

Ferrari hoped the key regulation adjustments for 2022 would provide them a route again to the highest and thus far, their ambitions have been realised.

Leclerc presently tops the Drivers’ Championship with a buffer of 27 factors over Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen, whereas Ferrari are 11 factors away from Pink Bull within the Constructors’ – however each leads took successful when Ferrari faltered on house soil.

Admittedly Sainz may have achieved little to keep away from the hit from Daniel Ricciardo firstly of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, contact that left him beached within the Imola gravel and eradicated, however Leclerc’s unforced error as he harried Sergio Perez for P2 was expensive, the Monegasque driver ending P6 whereas Verstappen and Perez recorded a Pink Bull one-two.

Sainz’s early-season misfortunes and errors see him path Leclerc by 48 factors, which implies he’s slipping nearer to changing into the quantity two driver for Ferrari this season.

Berger feels Pink Bull have a bonus right here although, arguing Sainz is not going to but be prepared to simply accept such a job whereas Perez has been clear that’s his obligation at Pink Bull since signing forward of the 2021 marketing campaign.


“Pérez has actually improved enormously, additionally as a group participant,” stated Berger.

“He is aware of his state of affairs very nicely, in contrast to Sainz. Sainz nonetheless has ambitions, needs to combat for the primary spot at Ferrari. However it’s not figuring out for him, though he couldn’t assist it.

“Ferrari may have an issue with that. Sainz is not going to be able to be quantity two.”




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