John Floyd
Motorsport columnist
3 minute read
27 Jul 2022
7:45 am

FLOYD ON F1: Ferrari left to ponder French fiasco

John Floyd

Not a word on the engineering that fixed Mercedes team's porpoising problems.

Ferrari pit crew mechanics react after Charles Leclerc crashed out of the French F1 Grand Prix last Sunday. Picture: AFP

Last weekend’s French F1 Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit was a race of errors for Scuderia Ferrari. Despite Charles Leclercs’ pole position on Saturday, his team-mate Carlos Sainz qualified 19th following penalties due to mechanical replacements, leaving the F1 pole sitter alone in his battle for the lead with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Leclerc led from the start and began stamping his authority in the early phase of the race, starting to pull away from Verstappen despite the Dutchman’s efforts to grab the lead. As Verstappen took an early pit stop, Leclerc inexplicably lost the...