Marcus Ericsson: There is a lack of trust between Ferrari and the drivers

Marcus Ericsson: There is a lack of trust between Ferrari and the drivers

IndyCar racer Marcus Ericsson, former teammate of Charles Leclerc, believes there is a fundamental lack of trust between the two sides.

Ericsson, who won the Indy 500 earlier this year, was a teammate of Charles Leclerc during the Monegasque’s debut season in Formula 1 in 2018, when the pair raced for Sauber.

With Leclerc’s 2022 championship hopes all but extinguished as his early season lead has turned into an 80-point deficit with nine races to play, Ericsson stepped into his former teammate’s shoes and say he believes Leclerc’s frustrations add to the mistakes. made by Ferrari.

“I think he’s very frustrated. I think he’s been quick this year, but it’s just been a lot of problems,” he told Sky F1’s Any Driven Monday.

Ericsson pointed to the example of Leclerc retiring on his own while leading the French Grand Prix in July as an example of such frustrations.

“What happened at Paul Ricard, one of the reasons why it happened, I think is because Charles is a bit frustrated – he wants to win races,” he said.

“He wants to get back in the championship hunt and it’s not being that way.

“So he’s pushing, maybe a little bit too much. So it’s not ideal. It’s going to be difficult for Charles because I think he’s going to feel like he’s had a chance to really fight for a championship this year. And he hasn’t been able to because of a lot of things outside of his control”.

Ferrari can’t capitalize on their good car

Ferrari’s F1-75 continues to impress in terms of speed at this late point in the season as Leclerc and Sainz continue to pile up strong qualifying positions.

The races themselves suggest the car is still one of the fastest, if not the fastest, on the grid, but mistakes, reliability issues and poor strategy calls have seen Red Bull take a significant lead in both championships.

Ericsson admitted he has been surprised how things have gone so badly at Ferrari, after such a confident start to the year.

“They’ve been so fast all year. And yet they’re managing to be 80 points off the championship lead and they seem to be constantly screwing it up, don’t they?” he asked.

“If it’s not strategy, it’s the car breaking down or Charles crashing. There’s always something, it feels like, and it’s so crazy when they have such a good car, and they can’t seem to take advantage of it.

“They had a very, very strong position in the race (in Hungary). They had Red Bull that did not optimize their classification, starting from bad starting positions.

“Ferrari had a golden opportunity to regain some points in the championship, and still managed to finish behind Max. [Verstappen] win the race I’m really surprised to see this happen race after race.”

With the season collapsing for Ferrari, Ericsson said he has little hope the Scuderia can right some wrongs in the final races of the year, due to the breakdown of a fundamental bond: between the drivers on track and the equipment on the pit wall.

“I think the problem, from a driver’s point of view, and I think we’ve seen it many times this year, is that both Carlos and Charles are questioning the decisions that the pit wall is making during a race,” has commented

“Obviously, that trust that you have to have as a driver with your team, it seems to be missing a bit between Ferrari and its drivers and, over the course of a season, that’s not good.

“So it’s definitely a big question mark at the moment. Now they’ve dropped so many points, I don’t know if [there’s] no chance they can get it back now in the second half of the season.”

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