Ferrari Strategy Failure Costs Leclerc His Home Race

Leclerc’s so-called “Monaco curse” continues as a strategy failure from Ferrari saw the Monegasque driver yet again miss out on winning his home race. After rain saw a delayed start, Sergio Perez became the most successful Mexican driver in F1 history after clinching the win against Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

A double Red Bull podium saw both the team and Verstappen extend their championship wins. While Monaco was full of 2022 Ferrari F1 team caps and Charles Leclerc t-shirts, it was the Mexican flag that became the city’s hot-ticket item by the final lap.

Rain delays Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco is a circuit where the action happens in qualifying and not during the race. A mixture of rain and strategy saw a chaotic Monaco Grand Prix that ended up running down the clock instead of completing the 77 laps.

With questions surrounding the future of the Monaco Grand Prix, the race was delayed due to rain before eventually starting behind the safety car. As the race went over ¾ distance, full points were awarded.

Ferrari’s Strategy Failure Drops Leclerc Off Podium

Charles Leclerc looked set for an ‘easy’ win at Monaco after a Ferrari front-row lockout. Ferrari’s decision to pit Leclerc to cover Perez and doubling stacking saw Leclerc lose track position to his teammate and the two Red Bull drivers.

It was an unnecessary pit stop as Leclerc was told to stay out after arriving in the pit lane. While Carlos Sainz finished on the podium in second place, Leclerc finished in 4th place.

Red Bull Continues to Dominate

Perez was the quicker of the two Red Bull drivers across the weekend, with Verstappen struggling for pace and qualifying in fourth position. With little to lose, the team gambled on the power of both the overcut and undercut to take track position.

After Schumacher’s red flag, the two Red Bull drivers changed onto hard tyres to finish the race. While the top four finished within only seconds of each other, Perez held on against Sainz with tyre degradation in the final laps.

It’s the fourth race in a row that Red Bull has won with only 15 points separating Perez from Verstappen. Is the Sergio Perez flag flying for a potential championship run?

Elsewhere on the Grid

Lando Norris and George Russell were two drivers who led a lonely race, finishing in 5th and 6th respectively. It continues Russell’s run as the only driver to finish in the top 5 for every race this season.

Haas suffered a double DNF after a technical issue for Magnussen and a crash for Schumacher that saw his car split in half. Alonso frustrated the drivers running in the bottom of the points after setting the pace for the second half of the race, holding up Lewis Hamilton to maintain 7th place. A time penalty for Ocon saw him drop out of the points, with Bottas and Vettel finishing 9th and 10th.

Gasly missed out on the points after a chaotic qualifying, with his teammate Tsunoda finishing 17th. William’s Alex Albon retired from the race, with Latifi finishing ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Zhou in 15th. Daniel Ricciardo once again failed to make it into the points, finishing in 15th amongst rumours about his future at McLaren.

All eyes are set on Baku as the paddock travels to Azerbaijan for the next race. Will Red Bull continue to dominate, or can Ferrari finally sort out their strategy woes?