Ferrari’s new look at Monza doesn’t erase the problems

It might be a new look for Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, but some things remain much the same as the famed Scuderia heads to its trouble-ridden home race.

A strange season full of sloppy strategic decisions and bizarre mishaps continued last week at the Dutch Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz Jr. had to endure a long stoppage and then picked up a dangerous release penalty .

His Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc fell 109 points behind defending champion Max Verstappen with seven races to go. He led the championship as recently as May.

“Mattia Binotto keeps saying ‘no, no, we don’t need to make any changes and everything is fine’, but when is that day going to come?” 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg recently said on Sky Sports, referring to the Ferrari team principal.

“Even the Formula 2 or Formula 3 teams do a better job with their strategy and their pit stops than Ferrari.”

The pressure is once again on Ferrari as they head to their home track and there has been speculation that further blunders in front of the red-clad tifosi enthusiasts could signal the end of Binotto.

Ferrari still shrouded in rumors

“There are always rumors around a Formula 1 team and especially with Ferrari,” Leclerc said on Thursday. “But I think the most important thing in times like this is not to get distracted by everything that’s being said. We’re very united as a team and I think we have to keep it that way.

“I didn’t hear that one in particular, but obviously we just have to focus on our own work.”

Fans will pack Monza but unlike the sea of ​​red, Ferrari drivers will wear yellow racing suits and there will be a unique special livery, with yellow accents on the car, to mark the circuit’s 100th anniversary and the 75th of the team.

“I like it. I like it. It’s very strange no, to see me wearing yellow this morning, with the Ferrari logo, but it’s cool,” Leclerc said. a race is really good.”

Ferrari have won just one of the last 11 editions of the Italian Grand Prix, with Leclerc emerging victorious at Monza in 2019.

Fernando Alonso, who currently drives for Alpine, was the Italian team’s previous winner in 2010.

“At least in my case, I never paid too much attention to rumours,” said Alonso, who finished on the podium at Monza in all but one of his five seasons with Ferrari. “When you’re at Ferrari or when you’re in Formula 1 in general, you have to perform, otherwise things will change. It’s the same for the drivers, the mechanics, the designers, the bosses.

“There is enormous pressure. It’s not a charity event, it’s professional sport. (Chronicle of Daniella Matar)

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