Ferrari has been released this weekend in Monaco, where Charles Leclerc, the local idol, gave the ‘Scuderia’ its first pole position of the Formula 1 World Cup since he claimed himself in Mexico, two years ago. One of the innumerable traps that this route hides, however, prevented the Monegasque runner from celebrating his machado as the occasion deserved, since the Monegasque ended up slamming into the wall in his second fast lap attempt, a circumstance that led the stewards to raise the red flag and to end the timed. The The dynamics of events were somewhat reminiscent of that Saturday in 2006, when Michael Schumacher also set the best time before ‘parking’ his Ferrari at the Rascasse corner. On that occasion, one of the biggest losers was Fernando Alonso, who was playing the title with the German. This time, the task was for all the pilots who could get into the final tie (Q3), but especially for Carlos Sainz. The Madrilenian, very sharp since Thursday, will finally start fourth, his best starting position on the most universal circuit in the racing world. “I am very angry, I am very pissed. I had plenty of pace to get the first pole of my career and I couldn’t, ”said the Spaniard. Next to Leclerc will be Max Verstappen, while Lewis Hamilton, completely out of focus, will do the seventh, his worst performance on a Saturday on this stage since 2017. Fernando Alonso, for his part, could not pass the first screen and will leave the 17th this Sunday (15.00, Movistar F-1 and Dazn).
In Monaco, the occupant of the pole has everything in his favor to cross the finish line first. However, we will have to wait for the Ferrari technicians to check the condition of Leclerc’s car, after the blow he hit on the last variant of the track. Should the Ferrari’s gearbox be damaged after the blow and he is forced to replace it, he will receive a five-place penalty on the grid this Sunday.
If Ferrari’s main weakness, especially last season’s car, was its lack of power and its level of drag, that deficit was half corrected in this year’s model. The streets of Monaco did the rest. The maximum speed that cars reach on the slides that wind through the Principality is around 285 kilometers per hour, and that is a figure that most prototypes reach without problems. As it was proven in the preseason rehearsals, the Maranello troop has known how to revitalize the SF21, and that became clear this Saturday in Monte Carlo.