Nine points to recover from Max Verstappen and the goal of making up again after the bitterness and mistakes in Monaco also to dispel the taboo in the Azerbaijani race for Maranello. In view of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the semi-city circuit of Baku at Ferrari, we are preparing to face a race on paper that is more favorable to Red Bull than to the Red one on a track where the Prancing Horse has never won.
After the ‘catastrophic’ Grands Prix in Barcelona and Monte Carlo, the balance sheet for Charles Leclerc is heavy but recoverable: the Monegasque driver, no longer in command of the World Championship after the dazzling start to the season, has lost 28 points to the world champion in the last two races of Red Bull now at the top of the championship standings with 125 points. All this on two tracks favorable to Ferrari where he should have gained (from a possible + 39 to -9) and with two races theoretically more favorable to Red Bulls, such as Azerbaijan and Canada.
A track in Baku which has the longest straight section of the entire calendar and where the aerodynamic efficiency of the Red Bull RB18 could benefit Verstappen who, after what was seen in Monaco, may have to watch his back from a new opponent, or his teammate. Sergio Perez team, in triumph on the streets of the Principality. And to hear the words of father Verstappen, Jos, at Red Bull something could have changed in terms of equilibrium in the team: “It all went completely in Checo’s favor (Perez, ed) and I was disappointed because I wanted a different treatment for the championship leader “. The 50-year-old former F1 driver criticized the strategy of the Austrian team which according to him should have done more to allow his son Max to make the most of Ferrari’s mistake with Leclerc’s stop: “Max’s third place – concluded the father of the flying Dutchman – it was disappointing. We all saw that it was a difficult weekend for him … Red Bull achieved a good result, but at the same time did not do their utmost to allow Max to finish up front. ”
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