This year Ferrari has a car that can compete for the world championship for the first time in a long time. Charles Leclerc is taking full advantage of that fact this season. He won the races in Bahrain and Australia and finished second in Saudi Arabia and Miami. He has led the championship since the beginning of the season. After five races, Carlos Sainz is only fifth in the overall standings, with almost half as many points as his team-mate. The Spaniard is struggling more to get the best out of F1-75 and has already suffered a few unnecessary crashes as a result.
Asked how Sainz is struggling more this year after a strong first season at Ferrari, Emerson told Fittipaldi in an exclusive chat Motorsport.com know: “Ferrari drivers are always under enormous pressure, more pressure than any other team. Check out the race at Imola where all the Ferrari people were present. The management was on site and hosted sponsors from all over the world. Because Imola is their backyard. The circuit is called Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Can you imagine how much pressure Charles and Carlos were under there? The pressure was enormous. But they have to learn to deal with that.”
According to Fittipaldi, the pressure has only increased in the last few races. “They were the championship favorites at the start of the season. They have shown that they have a lot of potential. But now Red Bull is on the rise, which means the pressure is even greater,” said the Brazilian, who is the online betting agency’s ambassador. Vegasinsider.com† “So in addition to the pressure from Ferrari itself, the Italian media and all the tifosi, there is now the pressure from Red Bull. The team has done their homework well and can now step up the pressure. I have the feeling that Carlos is suffering from this enormous pressure.”
The 1972 and 1974 world champion believes Leclerc can better deal with the pressure both are currently facing. “I think Charles is a little better at that, yes. The pressure is the same for both but it seems he can accept more,” said Fittipaldi, who nonetheless believes Sainz could take his first Grand Prix win in front of his home crowd this weekend. “I expect Carlos in Spain will be very strong and I think he has a very good chance of winning the race in Barcelona. He knows the job like no other and will give 110 percent. He’s a very talented driver, he’s under a tremendous one right now Print.”