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F1: Ferrari turns the page, yet another ransom in Budapest

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An enormous opportunity lost in the French GP and now immediately at the Hungaroring to continue to hope for the world championship dream. The day after Charles Leclerc’s fatal mistake, at Ferrari there is a great desire to raise their heads in view of next Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the last round of Formula 1 before the summer break. On the circuit a few kilometers from Budapest, the Red will be called upon to exploit all its potential in qualifying and then be able to get on the right tracks in the race. On the Hungarian track where overtaking is a bit of a chimera, just like in Monte Carlo, those who start in the front row already have half a Grand Prix in their pockets.

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And so in Maranello, where pole position has become almost the norm for this season, you can look forward to a race not to fail if you want to pursue the dream of returning the drivers’ title where it has been missing for 15 years, since that long. far 2007 by Kimi Raikkonen. A dejected Leclerc for the mistake on lap 18 at the Paul Ricard of Le Castellet will need to be raised just when the race for Ferrari was going well. To hearten the Monegasque driver, now 63 points behind the leader of the classification Max Verstappen. seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton also thought about it: “He just made a mistake huh?”, said the British Mercedes driver, minimizing the Monegasque’s head and tail.

The team principal of the Maranello team, Mattia Binotto, pushed Ferrari to immediately raise its head: “Although the result is far from what we wanted, we are taking home some positive aspects of this race, starting with the competitiveness of F1. -75 even on a difficult track like that of Paul Ricard – Binotto’s warning -. It is useless to discuss the mistake of a champion like Charles: it can happen and we will immediately turn the page together. Sainz has been the author of an excellent weekend since qualifying , where he made himself available to the team. In the race he had patience at the start and then regained ground lap after lap with some wonderful overtakes. Now – concludes Binotto – we look to Hungary where we want to fight for the victory again “.
The heat should dominate even at the gates of Budapest and Pirelli has adapted the choice of compounds, even if in the last two editions of the race the rain that arrived just before the race has upset all forecasts.

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