Crimson Bull RB18 bundle ‘just too robust’ for Ferrari

Mika Hakkinen believes Crimson Bull are actually the bundle to beat in System 1, even when Ferrari seem to have a barely faster machine.

Max Verstappen’s sixth win of the 2022 season final weekend in Canada has satisfied Hakkinen that the mixture of the Dutch driver and the RB18 are the bundle to beat in System 1.

Apart from Verstappen ending third in Monaco, the reigning World Champion has gained each race he’s completed in 2022. With each he and title rival Charles Leclerc retiring from two races apiece, Verstappen now has a 46-point lead over Crimson Bull team-mate Sergio Perez within the Drivers’ Championship, and 49 factors away from Leclerc.

Leclerc’s weekend in Canada was compromised resulting from Ferrari opting to suit him with a brand new turbo, earlier than the crew selected to suit him with a very new energy unit and begin him from the again of the grid.

Leclerc recovered to complete fifth, with Verstappen storming to the win forward of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz – the World Champion having to deal with relentless stress from the Spaniard as a late Security Automotive bunched the pack again collectively.

Hakkinen identified that, whereas the Ferrari would be the marginally quicker automotive, Crimson Bull have the whole bundle to assault the championships.

“We didn’t have any doubt that Max is in command of the championship earlier than the weekend and the lead to Montreal confirms that Crimson Bull’s bundle is just too robust in the meanwhile,” Hakkinen wrote in his column for Unibet.

“They’ve straight-line velocity, good stability, and a automotive that Max can clearly work with on each sort of circuit.

Max Verstappen is chased by Carlos Sainz. Montreal June 2022

“Montreal is the sort of circuit the place you want somewhat little bit of every little thing – good confidence below braking and low-speed efficiency, however robust traction for the straights the place you possibly can overtake – and Max’s automotive seemed good in all places.

“The one downside for Crimson Bull seems to be reliability. As soon as once more we noticed a problem within the race for Checo Perez.

“That will need to have made the crew nervous on a day when Max actually wanted to reap the benefits of Leclerc ranging from the again of the grid, so the good consequence can have been a reduction for them. Reliability appears to be the one factor Max, Checo [Perez], and the crew wants to fret about.”

Whereas Sainz and Ferrari gave the impression to be faster than Verstappen after the late-race Security Automotive, trigger for optimism for the Scuderia after having what gave the impression to be the quickest automotive on race day in Azerbaijan, Hakkinen mentioned all isn’t misplaced simply but for Ferrari regardless of their current troubles.

“Ferrari has a fast automotive however it’s fragile,” he commented.

“Group boss Mattia Binotto is true to say that it’s higher to have a quick automotive with some reliability points than a sluggish automotive which finishes.

“If the crew can get on high of their reliability issues, Charles and Carlos can undoubtedly problem Crimson Bull once more, though that 49-point hole between Max and Charles will not be going to be straightforward to shut down.

“Not solely do Ferrari must win some races, additionally they want Max to hit bother.”


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