The French round of Formula 1 once again made us think about how great things could have been for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc in particular, if not for the numerous problems this season. So why not try to calculate the “ideal” personal standings of the World Cup? We remembered all the races of the current season and estimated their outcome if the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers had not retired due to technical problems or crashes, had not made any mistakes at all and had not chosen the wrong tactics.
Of course, these are all conventions. It is clear that a different development of events in the race would provoke other events and decisions of the pilots and teams, and yet we tried to draw a picture based on the real shape of the tops in a particular Grand Prix. Let’s make a reservation: the calculations are already too speculative, in addition to everything, to re-award the authors of the best circles. So the bonus points of their owners did not change.
Bahrain Grand Prix
At the start of the season, the Red Bull riders lost second and fourth places due to problems with the cars at the finish of the race. Feel free to write Verstappen +18 points, Perez +12, and subtract 3 from Sainz (he would have finished third behind Max).
Saudi Arabia Grand Prix
Perez should have won this race. Sergio confidently led before the pit stop, breaking away from Leclerc and Verstappen, but immediately after the Mexican’s visit, the virtual safety car mode was turned on in the pits. We return the lost 13 points to Cheko, subtracting 7 from Verstappen and 3 each from Leclerc and Sainz.
Australian Grand Prix
Verstappen clearly would not have kept up with Leclerc, but if not for the engine, he would have confidently scored 18 points. If so, subtract 3 points from Perez. As for Sainz, it is difficult to judge about Carlos: he flew out after a poor qualification and a weak start. But if you look at the protocol, then the Spaniard would have reached the sixth place anyway. +8 points.
San Marino Grand Prix
A mistake in chasing Perez cost Leclerc the third position – that’s +7 points to our fantastic overall standings. Well, Sainz, if not for a mistake on the part of Riccardo at the start, would probably have finished fourth and scored 12 points.
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Miami Grand Prix
The only stage in which everything went strictly in accordance with the alignment of forces.
Spanish Grand Prix
An engine failure cost Leclerc 25 points for the victory – we return them to the Monegasque, taking 7 from Verstappen, 3 from Perez and 2 from Sainz. At the same time, Russell looked at Montmelo so cheerfully that we are not sure that Carlos would have outstripped him even without relegation. Therefore, the Spaniard is virtually fifth place, not fourth.
Monaco Grand Prix
The most difficult stage for evaluation. We are not sure if we can talk about the mistakes of strategists here – in part everything was like roulette. But if it had been dry on Sunday, then probably the pilots would have retained their qualifying positions. Then Leclerc gets +13 points, Perez loses 10, Verstappen – 3.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
We are not sure that even without a motor failure, Leclerc would have kept the first place ahead of Verstappen, but he would have become the second for sure. We add 18 points to Charles, subtracting 3 from Perez. Sainz without retirement would have received 12 points for fourth place.
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Canadian Grand Prix
Perez certainly made his way to at least fifth place without leaving – behind two Mercedes pilots. We add 10 points to Cheko and subtract 2 from Leclerc, who would be one line lower in the protocol.
British Grand Prix
A stage where there are a lot of “would”. A fatal collision with a piece of debris cost Verstappen the lead in the race and a probable victory – we add 19 points to Max. Ferrari’s disastrous decision to leave Leclerc without fresh tires would have cost Charles second place and 6 points. We subtract 10 points from Sainz, 6 from Perez.
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Austrian Grand Prix
The burnt-out motor deprived Sainz of the second place (taking into account the problems of his partner with the gas pedal, perhaps the first). In general, we will write Carlos 18 points, subtracting 3 from Verstappen. Perez without a collision with Russell certainly took fourth place, and this is +12 points.
French Grand Prix
Probably without crashing off the track, Leclerc managed to win the stage at Paul Ricard, ahead of Verstappen on fresher tires. Let’s write down Charles +25 points, deducting 7 from Max. Well, if Ferrari hadn’t messed up Sainz at the pit stop and provided him with a fine, it would hardly have called him to the pits a second time. Suppose the Spaniard would have had enough tires to finish fourth (including Leclerc). This is +2 points. Subtract 4 from Perez.
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|Personal account. Real position||“Perfect” Personal Account|
|Verstappen – 233||Verstappen – 261 (+28)|
|Leclerc – 170||Leclerc – 259 (+89)|
|Perez – 163||Perez – 181 (+18)|
|Sainz – 144||Sainz – 178 (+34)|
We see just an incredible lack of use by Ferrari and Leclerc of the potential of the car and the pilot. Bad luck, failures in tactics, problems with reliability, mistakes of the pilot himself – the leader of the Scuderia collected a real flush royal in the first half of the season.
Verstappen also missed a little, but against the background of Charles – almost nothing. Perez more or less collects his points, and Sainz, on the one hand, would be closer to Checo in the fight for third place, but hopelessly losing the intra-team struggle to Leclerc: instead of a modest 26 points, they would have 81 points between them, and it never occurred to anyone say that Ferrari should make Carlos number one. But this, as our beloved Leonid Kanevsky says, is a completely different story.
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