Ferrari ‘all at sea’ vs Red Bull claims Damon Hill as Charles Leclerc title bid at risk

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Ferrari are looking ‘all at sea’ in their title battle with Red Bull which could cost Charles Leclerc, according to former world champion Damon Hill. The 1996 champion claimed Ferrari are looking like a team ‘not used to running at the front’ which is costing them.

He claimed the Scuderia ‘have got to improve’ tactically if they want to stand any chance of winning the driver’s crown. Meanwhile, he praised Red Bull’s tactical know-how which he claims they perfected in last year’s battle with Lewis Hamiton and Mercedes.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Hill said: “[Red Bull] were involved in a massively intense battle last season weren’t they? To win the world championship they had to use guile and cunning and all the rest of it. They are good at that.

“There is an element to Ferrari, they were kind of in a holding-pack last year, preparing themselves for this season. Now they are here, they are kind of looking a little bit all at sea and not used to running at the front.

“So that tactically, when it comes to the racing, they have got to improve and I am sure they will try that.” Charles Leclerc was over 45 points ahead of Max Verstappen after the Australian Grand Prix, but has since slipped behind the Dutchman.

The Monegasque made an error at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix which cost him at least a podium finish. However, the team looked on course for a one-two in Monaco before a strategy error cost them.

The team pitted Leclerc for intermediates and then immediately pitted again for dry tyres. This cost him track position to his team-mate, while both lost out to one Red Bull who pitted for dries a lap later and lost less time.

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Ahead of Azerbaijan Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admitted the team had made some significant errors this season. However, he said the team were investigating the issues and looking to come up with clear explanations for the mistakes.

He said: “We need to admit that if you’re leading the race, and you’re finding yourself in first position, then we may have done something wrong. So we made certainly mistakes in our judgement and we made mistakes in our calls.

“Now, what’s the process which brought us to make mistakes?”

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