Mistakes in Ferrari F1 Monaco will make us stronger

Polesitter Charles Leclerc was leading the race as Ferrari made several strategic mistakes in transitioning the race from wet to dry tires that not only saw Leclerc lose the race to Red Bull’s Sergio Perez but also pushed him off the podium to finish to be fourth.

“Sometimes mistakes can happen, but overall too many mistakes have happened,” said an irate Leclerc after another chance to win his home race had evaporated.

“It’s tough like the other years here so I’m getting used to it and coming home disappointed but we can’t do that, especially at a moment we’re in now.”

Team boss Binotto believes Ferrari will learn from their misjudgements as the team gets more used to fighting for victories, which it has not consistently managed to do in recent years.

“I’m pretty sure these situations will make us stronger,” said Binotto. “And we are quite aware that competitiveness is a fact; Winning is another task. And it’s another level of difficulty.

“And I think as a team we’re still making progress, learning and maybe it’s going to take some more time.”

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, returns to the garage to end the Spanish GP

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

It’s the second consecutive loss for Leclerc and Ferrari after the Monaco driver gave up his commanding lead at the Spanish Grand Prix due to drivetrain problems, leaving the Drivers’ Championship lead in the hands of World Champion Max Verstappen.

“Obviously it’s a disappointment when you have the fastest car and get pole and don’t win the race,” added Binotto. “It’s kind of a disappointment.

“What happened in Spain was a completely different story, we had reliability issues while clearly leading the race. I think circumstances have arisen here that make life a little more difficult for us. But we weren’t great at judging and deciding, so yeah, it’s a disappointment.”

Leclerc added: “Unfortunately everything went against us so it hurts at home but it’s life and we’ll come back stronger.”

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