Ferrari Needs To Be Prepared To Win Title Against Red Bull This Week In Canada

This week Formula 1 returns to Canada for the first time since 2019 and Ferrari will need to address their reliability issues if they are to return to the title race against Red Bull.

No team has ever won as many races in Montreal as the Italians, but a bright start to the season for the oldest and most glamorous team in F1 turned sour.

Charles Leclerc has secured six pole positions in eight races, including the last four in a row, but failed to finish in two of the three due to engine problems.

The Monaco driver is now 34 points behind Max Verstappen who is in control of the top of the standings even though at the start of the season he was 46 points ahead of the Red Bull driver.

After finishing 1-2 in Azerbaijan last week, Red Bull leave Ferrari 80 points clear in the constructors’ standings and are eyeing a sixth straight win.

“We arrived from Baku disappointed, because we were not able to score the points we should have got,” said Ferrari sporting director Inaku Rueda as quoted by Reuters on Thursday.

“But we bring a number of positives. We have a car that has a very strong performance, whether it’s in qualifying or in the race we are able to fight with every scenario.

“Our reliability is a weak point … and we will overcome this.”

Ferrari said it had found a short-term solution to the hydraulic problem that kept Carlos Sainz from finishing in Baku, but the engine remains their main concern after consumer teams Alfa Romeo and Haas also experienced DNF in Baku.

Turning things around at a circuit that bears the name of Ferrari’s great driver, Gilles Villeneuve, will be atonement for the team’s recent poor results. (Ant/OL-12)