How Ferrari believe Verstappen derailed Leclerc’s Belgian GP

Ferrari F1 team principal Mattia Binotto believes Max Verstappen's tear-off contributed to Charles Leclerc's late pitlane penalty at the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix

-

Ferrari think it was Max Verstappen‘s tear-off that caught in Charles Leclerc‘s brake duct and forced him into an early pit stop, and contributed to his post-race penalty.

The pair lined up together on the grid in 14th and 15th after both taking engine penalties and initially advanced through the field together, but Leclerc had to pit to the back on lap four, whilst Verstappen was into the podium positions by Lap 8.

That tear-off came back to haunt them later in the race too, as it contributed to Leclerc earning a five-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

“It was borderline, I think it was by 0.1kph in the average speed in the pitlane,” Binotto said to the media regarding the penalty.

“We were not using our normal sensors to measure the speed because they failed in the overheating of the front right due to Max’s tear-off.

“Our recovery system was not such accurate so I think overall it’s an unlucky situation.”

Mario Kart Max

If Ferrari are correct, it’d be an ironic twist of fate given the Belgian Grand Prix delivered another hammer-blow to Leclerc’s title chances.

The 24-year-old now trails Verstappen by nearly 100 points in the drivers’ championship, and slipped a further 18 points back at Spa.

He had hoped to limit the damage with that late pit stop in a push to take the fastest lap point off Verstappen but ended up dropping another two points when a speeding penalty put him behind Fernando Alonso to sixth place.

But Binotto said he was optimistic Ferrari could turn their form around even before this current triple-header is out.

The F1 circus heads to Zandvoort and then Monza over the next fortnight, but since the European leg of the season started at Imola in April, Leclerc‘s only beaten Verstappen twice.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Fernando Alonso ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola

Fernando Alonso gives candid admission on performance amid Aston Martin struggles

0
Fernando Alonso believes he's not been good enough individually as Aston Martin have struggled to recapture their 2023 form...
Andrea Kimi Antonelli tests the Mercedes W12 in Austria in his first taste of F1 machinery | Mercedes F1 team

Max Verstappen offers Mercedes starlet Andrea Kimi Antonelli advice on joining F1

0
Max Verstappen has given his advice to Andrea Kimi Antonelli on the biggest changes he should expect if he...
Yuki Tsunoda of Visa Cash App RB ahead of 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Unwanted Yuki Tsunoda eyes Aston Martin switch as Red Bull say no

0
Yuki Tsunoda revealed he could be tempted to abandon the Red Bull program for Aston Martin ahead of the...
George Russell at 2024 Japanese GP | Mercedes

Russell explains how Mercedes are closing gap on Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari –...

0
Mercedes are getting closer to Formula 1's current frontrunners Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari according to George Russell, who...
Charles Leclerc during the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix weekend | Suderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc reveals Ferrari’s key target to beat Max Verstappen in Monaco

0
Will 2024 be the year that Charles Leclerc finally breaks his Monaco Grand Prix curse? He’s hoping so as...
Max Verstappen during the 2024 Monaco GP press conference | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen warns Red Bull to avoid ‘stressful’ repeat at Monaco GP

0
Max Verstappen has warned Red Bull they cannot risk a repeat of what happened at Imola as the team...
Nyck de Vries of AlphaTauri, leads Kevin Magnussen of Haas, and Valtteri Bottas of Alfa Romeo during 2023 Monaco GP practice | Sam Bagnall / LAT Images

Monaco GP 2024 F1 Schedule and Start Times

0
The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix sees the Formula 1 circus head to one of the one of the most...
Jake Dennis looks on at the 2024 Berlin E-Prix | Formula E

Jake Dennis downbeat about Formula E title chances: I need s**t to happen now

0
Reigning Formula E champion Jake Dennis isn’t optimistic about the chances of retaining his title, ahead of the 2024...
Formula E will visit the Shanghai International Circuit for the first time in 2024 | Formula E

Formula E returns to China as it takes on the Shanghai International Circuit

0
The drivers are certainly being kept on their toes this season. Formula E is heading to yet another new...
Dan Ticktum and Sergio Sette Camara of ERT during the 2024 Misano E-Prix I Formula E

Where to watch Formula E 2024 Shanghai E-Prix

0
The 2024 Formula E World Championship returns to China for the first time in four seasons, bringing the electric...
- Advertisment -