F1: Mercedes fly in free practice at Monza, Ferraris struggle
The script is always the same, whether it be in the treacherous curves of Spa or on the long straights in the sun of Monza: the Mercedes remains impregnable, the Ferraris struggle. But, despite the stormy air and mediocre results, Mattia Binotto collects the trust of Louis Camilleri (“it’s total in him and his team, I want to give stability”, the words of the CEO of the Red to the New York Times) and relaunches with our heads held high: “The confrontation with the leaders is there in every race. The support is total, with Camilleri and John Elkann I feel every day. We share the project, the difficulties, and the solutions and this reassures us”. But, once on the track, there is little to be calm after the first two free practice sessions of the home Grand Prix. Leclerc – eleventh and ninth – and Vettel – penultimate and twelfth – improve with the go some laps but have evident balancing problems and in seeking the limit of the race pace they risk a lot at the first corner of Lesmo: the Monegasque loses the rear, go long and takes an impromptu trip in the gravel; the German, on the other hand, ends up in a spin and lightly hits the inner wall, car unharmed.
Worrying signs awaiting tomorrow’s qualifying, with his gaze fixed on the rustic duel between Hamilton and Bottas for pole. Binotto tries to keep morale high, while recognizing the certainty of having to face another difficult weekend: “Spa has shown the weak points of this car, from the engine to the aerodynamic efficiency. But this is a different track, the corners are less difficult than those of Spa “. There are some small improvements compared to the Belgium debacle but the crisis remains inexorable and the fear of writing another inglorious page in a nightmare season is concrete. A year ago, in the same place, Leclerc gave the world proof of cunning and cold blood: today he is chasing a place in Q3 in the middle of the group that would have the flavor of victory. Vettel instead manages to end up in the limelight only for the homage to Italy on the helmet (the tricolor next to the classic German flag) and for having photographed the whole team in order to put their faces on the hardbacks that make up the audience. A nice gesture made for charity: 3 thousand euros in total to be allocated to some Italian hospitals.
“We suffer, like the fans – concludes Binotto -. We are sorry that there is no red tide in Monza, it is a shame. Hearing the public close by would have been important even in this difficult moment”. The one who flies like Aeolus’ son is Mercedes: unrivaled. The stop in ‘Party Mode’ does not worry them and Lewis Hamilton seems to be playing cat and mouse to give a semblance of a close fight: “We made a nice step forward between morning and afternoon but I think that tomorrow in qualifying we will be close with several cars. “. His contract remains a thorny topic but the feeling is that the six-time world champion will remain in Mercedes together with Toto Wolff. “Everyone, drivers and managers, dreams of Ferrari – the admission of the Austrian team principal -. It is the most important brand in Formula 1.
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