The 2022 Formula 1 season began with a huge superiority in every way for Ferrari over Red Bull, who suffered from reliability problems and left the energy drink team’s morale touched. However, with the passing of the races, the Milton Keynes team managed to reverse the situation, taking advantage of the mechanical failures of the Maranello car, as well as another key factor that has led to various Grand Prix events.
The tire strategy has turned out to be crucial in this course, and it is that in most tests it has been shown that knowing how to choose the right compound at the ideal time is synonymous with reaching the top of the podium at the end of Sunday, even in the Imola and Austria sprint races.
The Hungarian Grand Prix, the last one before the 2022 summer break, has been a clear example of how opting for one plan or another with Pirelli tires can make or break a win. Max Verstappen, who had a poor qualifying due to a problem with his RB18, started from tenth position, which reduced the chances of increasing his lead over Charles Leclerc, but it was not impossible.
Thanks to some very good decisions on the pit wall avoiding using the hard tire in the race, added to Ferrari’s indecision during the 70 laps at the Hungaroring track, it caused the Dutchman to end up uncorking the champagne as the winner, accompanied in the podium of the two Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, who beat the Maranello cars.
Aware of this, the father of the championship leader, Jos Verstappen, gave his opinion on the strategic decisions of the teams that compete for both world titles. The former Arrows, Minardi or Benetton driver, among others, was very critical of Ferrari.
“Red Bull’s decisions are not always good, it’s true, but they make fewer mistakes than Ferrari, that’s why Max [Verstappen] has an eighty-point lead over Leclerc,” the Dutchman said.
Be that as it may, the current world champion caresses his second consecutive world championship with both hands in this 2022 , but for this he must maintain his great income over the rest of the grid in the remaining nine appointments.
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