1978 F1 World Champion Mario Andretti has said strategic errors from Ferrari have resulted in an easy run to a second title for Max Verstappen.
Ferraris numerous strategic errors this season have resulted in Max Verstappen enjoying a huge lead in the Drivers Championship as the season enters its final act.
With six races remaining in 2022, Verstappen has a 116-point lead over Ferraris Charles Leclerc. As revealed in PlanetF1s title permutations analysis, Verstappen can win the title this weekend in Singapore if results go his way.
While Verstappen has been the star performer of the season, his trek to a second title has been made all the easier by constant errors made by Ferraris strategic team, according to Mario Andretti.
Speaking to PlanetF1, Andretti said hes been pleased to see Ferrari back in the hunt at the front of Formula 1, but their mistakes during the 2022 season had made life quite easy for the reigning World Champion.
[Max] has proven again, how worthy he is of the World Championship, he said.
A lot of it is thanks to Ferrari in so many ways Ferrari have been so competitive, and they handed to him on a plate.
He still would be in control, in my opinion, but it was really handed to him. Its always great to see Ferrari come back and be able to fight but theyve made so many strategic mistakes on tyres and so forth its unbelievable.
Ferrari have thrown away a lot of opportunities
While Ferraris F1-75 has gone off the boil somewhat in recent races, the Scuderias machine proved a capable match, if not even quicker than, for Red Bulls potent RB18.
Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have won Grands Prix this season, and Andretti said the initial ingredients for outright victory are present now its all about how the races are executed.
Ferrari certainly have the drivers and the car, he said.
Both Charles and Carlos are capable of winning and the car has been consistently competitive- theyve shown they have the pace in qualifying, the race pace, but Max and Red Bull have just been going on their merry way.
Red Bull have done a phenomenal job, no question, and right now it looks like Max will be World Champion with several races left in the season.
There were clear mistakes made on Ferraris strategies. Theyve had a couple of mechanical situations, which is unfortunate that can happen to anyone.
Just that, sometimes, their choice of tyres has been really, really weird. With a car thats so competitive, they dont have to have a strategy thats different from everyone else.
Just try to go with the same with what the others are going and youre going to be in good shape because they can hold their own. It seem like they just threw away a lot of opportunities, in my opinion. Even Charles expressed himself several times how disappointed he was.
I dont know how the situation works within the team, whether the drivers can have some more voice in their choices. I dont know how that works. But whoever is dictating the strategy is not doing a very good job.
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