Nico Rosberg: Ferrari needs ‘serious changes’ but Charles Leclerc can still beat Max Verstappen for title

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Sky Sports F1’s Nico Rosberg believes Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto needs to make ‘serious changes’ after the team’s strategy for Carlos Sainz at the French GP

Sky Sports F1’s Nico Rosberg believes Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto needs to make ‘serious changes’ after the team’s strategy for Carlos Sainz at the French GP

Sky Sports F1’s Nico Rosberg says Ferrari needs to make “serious changes” after what he perceived as another strategic mistake at the French GP, while also insisting Charles Leclerc is still in title contention against Max Verstappen. despite losing many points after his accident from the lead.

It was another dramatic race on Sunday with Verstappen taking advantage of Leclerc’s crash to take a 63-point lead with 10 races remaining, while Sainz was left off the podium after a late call from Ferrari.

Rosberg, reflecting on the events, gave his thoughts on all those great moments, as well as Mercedes’ best season finish of second and third, Lewis Hamilton’s improvement in form and more…

‘Why did Leclerc take the blame for the accident?’

Anthony Davidson discusses Charles Leclerc's accident at the French GP when the Ferrari driver dramatically spun off the circuit on Sunday.

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Anthony Davidson discusses Charles Leclerc’s accident at the French GP when the Ferrari driver dramatically spun off the circuit on Sunday.

Anthony Davidson discusses Charles Leclerc’s accident at the French GP when the Ferrari driver dramatically spun off the circuit on Sunday.

“I really think it was premature for Leclerc to take the blame.

“He needs to come back now, because it’s really very unusual for that to happen the way it did, because you’re not even pushing hard there, you’re saving tyres.

“For the rear end to go like that, one thing could be at that point, that’s exactly the point where the wind is coming from behind, and if you get an unlucky gust or something, it can suddenly take 20 percent of your your downforce. right now.

Charles Leclerc says the mistake he made that led him out of the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

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Charles Leclerc says the mistake he made that led him out of the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

Charles Leclerc says the mistake he made that led him out of the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

“And also, what was going on with the engine there? It just takes a little cut or something that can kick the rear. I really think they need to take some time to look at that because I still can’t believe it.” that would be driver error.

“I also found it to be a bit strange, and I think that’s where Charles was complaining that he couldn’t accelerate because the car, I think, wasn’t even broken.

“The front wing probably broke going into the barriers, but I’m surprised he didn’t try to get out of there even more and continue. I’m not sure what happened there.

Binotto needs to make serious changes at Ferrari

“He was shaking his head about Ferrari’s strategy for Sainz. What the hell are they doing there? First of all, he was in the middle of a big battle on the track and his whole team wasn’t seeing that anymore, they were depressed. doing his math on pit stop times. They were talking to him as if in the midst of wheel-to-wheel action. I thought, guys, what are you doing?

Ferrari interrupts and tells Carlos Sainz to pit as he is overtaking Sergio Pérez!

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Ferrari interrupts and tells Carlos Sainz to pit as he is overtaking Sergio Pérez!

Ferrari interrupts and tells Carlos Sainz to pit as he is overtaking Sergio Pérez!

“So Carlos is in P3 and comfortably he would have been able to stay there, and the tires would have been fine until the end. He even had a chance to get Lewis for P2. Then they bring him in and there’s no chance to go beyond P5 where term.

“What land is happening there?

“Really, I think it’s time for them to make some changes there, some serious changes.

Carlos Sainz is convinced that Ferrari is doing a good job on strategy after pitting from third position and finishing fifth at the French GP

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Carlos Sainz is convinced that Ferrari is doing a good job on strategy after pitting from third position and finishing fifth at the French GP

Carlos Sainz is convinced that Ferrari is doing a good job on strategy after pitting from third position and finishing fifth at the French GP

“To take the pit stop and not race to the end and then add the penalty…

“Terrible trial there, terrible. I can’t explain it. Mattia [Binotto, team boss] He really needs to get over that and make some serious changes, I think now.”

‘Verstappen now comfortable… but Ferrari are faster!’

“It puts him in a pretty comfortable position. The only thing is, let’s not forget, Ferrari seems to have the best car at the moment.”

Could Charles Leclerc's retirements in Spain, Azerbaijan and France cost him the F1 title?

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Could Charles Leclerc’s retirements in Spain, Azerbaijan and France cost him the F1 title?

Could Charles Leclerc’s retirements in Spain, Azerbaijan and France cost him the F1 title?

“They outqualified Red Bull and Leclerc was also getting away with the win just before he spun. Everything was going well.”

“They were probably able to do their one-stop strategy, things were going really well, so that may give us hope that Leclerc can still get back into the championship in the remaining races. He’s still to play for.”

‘Mercedes’ recovery on race day will give them hope’

“What an incredible comeback for Mercedes after the slap in qualifying, no one could have foreseen a double podium finish and with the pace they showed.

“They were close to the pace of the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, especially if you look at the first part. Lewis dropped about six seconds at the start and then he was pretty consistent there and even closed the gap a bit.

“That was really very positive now for Mercedes again.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team's effort was excellent as they secured their first double podium of the season

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team’s effort was excellent as they secured their first double podium of the season

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team’s effort was excellent as they secured their first double podium of the season

“It looks like maybe it’s that qualifying pace, which is that big problem that they need to get over. In race pace, they’ve confirmed that they’ve been making progress, so today is very positive for them.”

“If they continue to have such bad Saturdays, it’s going to be hard for them to progress enough to really fight for that win. So, it comes down to that. On Sunday, it was so promising and great to see how Lewis continued to be so positive, motivated and satisfied with a P2 like that, being a little closer to Verstappen. That’s great to see, it’s good to see how he’s still pushing absolutely flat out and that will help the whole team at Mercedes.”

“A Formula 1 team like Mercedes always works madly, very hard. Sometimes I find it hard to imagine how they are going to be able to work even harder because there is a limit to everything.”

Nico Rosberg says his former teammate Lewis Hamilton

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Nico Rosberg says his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton is “still motivated” and believes the 37-year-old will continue in F1 for a few more seasons.

Nico Rosberg says his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton is “still motivated” and believes the 37-year-old will continue in F1 for a few more seasons.

They are still super, super motivated and a race like the one on Sunday also gives them energy because it gives them hope after a darker day like Saturday.

“It gives them hope that maybe they can still get that win this year and the challenge of winning races towards the latter part of the season, hopefully a little bit of luck too, you know.”

“That hope really fires you up again and that’s the momentum that Mercedes is on right now.”

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