Ferrari sees strong Mercedes threat in future: ‘Next year won’t be…’

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Ferrari started 2022 with a fast car and lost momentum as rivals went faster during the year. The Scuderia was criticized for strategic errors and engine problems. Now that Mercedes are catching up and Red Bull are already fast, Ferrari could struggle in 2023. As team boss, Mattia Binotto expressed his thoughts on their performance and expectations for next season.

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Binotto spoke to Sky about the development of their car compared to Mercedes. He said, “We have seen a very strong Mercedes both in terms of pace and degradation. ‘they continued to bring developments to the United States and Mexico as well. [translated via Google]

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Mattia said development of the F1-75 had been halted months earlier. So Mercedes, with its constant upgrades, has become faster in recent races. He continued on their expectations of 2023, “For that reason, it is not surprising that they have improved and are fast. However, it clearly shows that next year will not be a battle between two teams.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during the race REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

That doesn’t seem like a bad prediction as Brackley’s team has been faster in recent races. Both Mercedes drivers have potentially closed the gap to Ferrari and are on course to win against Red Bull more consistently. This was evident in COTA and Mexico. As Ferrari struggled at high altitude in Mexico City, Mercedes were primarily Red Bull’s main challenger.

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We’ll have to see if Ferrari can fix their tire strategy and engine reliability issues that have limited them in 2022. They’ll have to if they want to challenge for the 2023 title, which could eventually become a three-way fight.

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Ferrari’s 2022 campaign has started with a bang, raising high hopes at Maranello. All Ferrari fans thought this could be the year the Italian car giant could win the elusive F1 world title for the first time since 2008. Charles Leclerc won races in Bahrain and Australia and they looked supreme.

Formula One F1 – Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan – October 8, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc reacts after qualifying from second place REUTERS/Issei Kato

And then the slide story began. Driver errors at Imola and France cost Leclerc potential podium finishes. While engine failures in Barcelona and Baku robbed the Monegasque of two potential wins. And the tire strategy is calling at Monaco, Silverstone and Budapest! Let’s just say it was a typical Ferrari day at the office at every race since Melbourne.

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Leclerc led Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 46 points at the end of the Australian GP. After crashing at Paul Ricard during the French GP, it was the Dutchman who led the Ferrari man by 63 points. While Max sealed the title in Japan, Leclerc is in a tight fight with Sergio Perez for 2nd place.

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As this season draws to a close, Scuderia fans are hoping (once again) that 2023 will be their year. Nevertheless, it will be a difficult task if they face both Red Bull and Mercedes. What do you think Ferrari will be at the top of the table next season?

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