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Pole in Leclerc, Australia.
Pole in Leclerc, Australia.Asanka Brendan Ratnayake (AP)

Coinciding with the brutal impact of the coronavirus on the Formula 1 world championship, Ferrari has given its sporting policy a spurt as it approaches 2021. With Charles Leclerc as the cornerstone of the project, the team hired Carlos Sainz after releasing Sebastian Vettel. , and thus configured some of the young drivers with the great trajectory with which they projected their transformation of philosophy to the world. Up until that moment, Ferrari always went to the market with a checkbook in hand, looking for the most integrated parts. His last operation meant the signing of Fernando Alonso in 2010, when Asturian was already a two-time world champion (2005 and 2006) and one of the main stars of the championship, and Vettel, as Asturian’s replacement. had come. He submitted to Red Bull (2010–2013) with a string of four more crowns in 2015. In contrast, Leclerc only registered two wins early last year, while Sainz is still chasing his first win. That Monegasque and the Spanish lead the points table – something that had not happened in over a decade (2010) – unquestionably validates the new strategy of ‘Scuderia’.

Ferrari gets into the best trend for Melbourne, where this Sunday (07:00, Dazn) celebrates the third appointment of the calendar. At Albert Park, ‘pole’ went to Leclerc, while Sainz would start on ninth and Alonso, tenth. The blood behind the Maranello brand is bleeding if we take into account that it is the most universal symbol that exists in the world of racing, and the list of winners who carry it in their bag. The last title is from 2007 and was awarded by Kimi Rikkönen, who does not play anymore. These 15 years represent the second-worst drought in the structure’s history, after 22 years that passed between the ailerons of Jodie Schechter (1979) and Michael Schumacher (2000). If we take into account the performance demonstrated by F1-75 in the first two Grands Prix (Bahrain and Jeddah), in which it has accumulated a double and four podiums, then there are many reasons to think that it will be 2022 once again could be one of il cavallino And one of its two riders is waiting to find out which of them will position itself as the main bet for a brawl against Red Bull and of course Mercedes as well. The inertia of the red racing cars is unbeatable, based on the harmony and good vibes between the two pilots, they are convinced that this is not a good time for an ego attack, but it is necessary to follow Ferrari’s mantra: there is a team interest. Nothing is more important than that.

“We have a very honest relationship with Charles. Outside the circuit we like to do the same thing, and it allows us to talk about a lot of things in general, not related to F1″, explains Sainz. “We had a great time playing paddle tennis, chess or poker together. And then, inside the track, we have a lot of respect for each other. I think highly of what he has achieved, how he drives and how he approaches races”, adds the son of a two-time world rally champion (1990 and 1992), who is always in the limelight. Has been an amazing fit in the living team. , Are things going well, as if not. “With Ferrari, you are in charge of carrying the brand of il cavallino, with what it represents. There’s a whole country behind you, and it’s like you were playing for the national team”, Sainz underlined.

In 2021, the Madrid man’s regularity earned him a fifth-place finish in statistics, ahead of his neighbor (seventh), although there was only a 4.5-point gap between the two. In the two tests to date, Leclerc has been quick – in both cases he started and finished ahead. In the eyes of the competition, the stopwatch shows that the odds play in Ferrari’s favor. “It was already seen from the winter training sessions that Carlos lost about three tenths per lap [respecto de Leclerc], And it’s a loss for us because we believed that both [pilotos de Ferrari] “They will take points off each other,” says Helmut Marko, one of Red Bull’s most senior executives.

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