Ferrari and Red Bull Racing stood out from the rest in the first phase of the Formula 1 season. Due to Red Bull’s reliability issues during the first few races, Ferrari took a big lead, but during the final race in Spain, the Austrian lineup took over in both championships. While Charles Leclerc retired with engine problems, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez clinched their second one-two of the season. Verstappen is now six points clear of Leclerc, while Red Bull are no less than 26 points clear of Ferrari when the circus wraps up this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Last year, the race in the Principality was won by Verstappen, who then triumphed for the first time in his hometown. The reigning world champion is also seen by Juan Pablo Montoya as a favorite to win in 2022. “I put my money on Max,” says the Colombian VegasInsider† He has several reasons for this. “It would be nice if Charles could come closer with a championship win, but you also have to conclude that Red Bull is more complete as a team. They do everything better and do a better job.
“Ferrari can still do something in one lap”
Leclerc’s history at the Monegasque GP also plays a role. The Ferrari driver started and retired three times in F1, while his Formula 2 appearances also ended in retirement. However, Montoya believes it is not a curse, just a series of bad luck. He reckons that Leclerc and Ferrari might still be able to do something in one lap compared to Verstappen and Red Bull, but in the race he really sees the latter as favorites. The reason for this: the performance in the slow corners.
“Ferrari has a lot of speed and we’ll see how good the car is in Monaco because I think you can tell Red Bull looks a little bit better in the slower corners. So if I have to say something, it looks more like a track for Red Bull than Ferrari. The Ferraris are usually better at faster tracks with a lot of medium speed corners and not really slow corners. It will be interesting to see how well they all do on the really soft tyres. It’s going to be very interesting. If I have to say who will outperform Charles, I think Max will outperform Charles, especially in running. The Ferrari might be able to do something in one lap, but before the race I’m putting my money on Max’s victory.”