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The fragility of a predestined – Mauro Coppini

A fourth place in Monte Carlo can it be considered a defeat? Maybe all in all not, but when we talk about a Ferrari that started from the front row with two cars and Charles Leclerc was driving one of these, then things change. There is something wrong with this Ferrari, which has been the car to beat since its inception. The Rossa is certainly the single-seater that best interpreted this year’s regulations, there is no doubt. It is the team that can count on two pilots of great ability and above all at least up to now very in tune, because they have a different approach. Leclerc, the champion, the predestined. Sainz the solid driver, the sure driver, the confident driver. All this, however, in Monte Carlo was blown up. Is a race enough to change everything? It depends on how you lose and how you win. In this case, how it gets lost. It is clear that Charles Leclerc in fourth position, after starting from pole position and dominating the qualifying, and in the presence of a clearly struggling Verstappen, went to meet a serious failure. Not so much for the result, but for how it has matured. The sign of one begins – and at Ferrari this is nothing new lack of confidence between team and driver and between driver and team. It is one of the riskiest things that can happen. A pilot thrives on uncertainty and risk. He can put his face on risk, but not on uncertainty. Uncertainty must be overcome by the team and transformed into certainty. In this case all of this is blown up. After Monte Carlo, Charles Leclerc’s confidence in his team probably failed.
The best team is Ferrari, but how come these things happen with the ‘predestined’ driver? Why is the low wall unable to govern the situation? Even though the car is extremely competitive and the drivers are just as competitive, a steady wrist is required. I don’t want to remember Enzo Ferrari, but something like that. How many years is it that at Ferrari, perhaps partially excluding the Todt era, there is no wall that can be asserted? This becomes a problem, after Monte Carlo things are no longer what they used to be. Sergio Perez, a second guide, won. Somehow Max Verstappen, who was in trouble all weekend, was saved. What more was needed for a Ferrari victory? Perhaps an adequate wall, which did not exist. At the moment Ferrari is in trouble, Leclerc puts some of him into qualifying, but the race is something else.
Predestined is not something consolidated, it is the idea that someone can become a companion of his destiny. The current risk is that the predestined will remain so, that there is no finalization and destination. A predestined with no final destination is one who loses. One of the fastest drivers in the world, on the fastest car that doesn’t win, is one destined to be questioned. Seeing Leclerc get out of the car so angry that he even turns his back on Ferrari president John Elkann is bad. There is nothing more fragile in Formula 1 than a predestined who does the best performance but does not win the race. The problem must be faced again, before it becomes something that is well known in Maranello, that is, great drivers who crash against the dream of the Reds. A dream that can quickly turn into a nightmare.

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FP | Mauro Coppini


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