The wheels continually fell off Ferrari’s Formula 1 campaign during the 2022 season as Red Bull asserted their dominance once again.
After winning two of the opening three races, the hunt for the world championship looked wide open as Ferrari took the fight up to Red Bull.
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Things quickly fell apart however with Ferrari continually shooting themselves in the foot with horror strategic decisions costing them over and over again.
Sadly their number one driver Charles Leclerc copped the brunt of the brutality as he was constantly on the receiving end of his team’s nightmare decisions.
During the Monaco Grand Prix Leclerc was told to pit only to then be told to stay out by a clearly rattled engineer. It relegated him and the team from a 1-2 finish to the star not even finishing on the podium.
Things got even worse during the British Grand Prix with Leclerc being told to stay out on track behind the safety car as his teammate and rivals all pitted for fresh tyres for the final few laps.
F1 commentator Martin Brundle labelled the decision one that “hung Leclerc out to dry”.
As the race restarted, Leclerc was overtaken by his teammate Carlos Sainz who captured his first ever race victory, but to rub salt into the wound Leclerc once again fell down to fourth place and off the podium once more.
Rumours began to swirl that the constant errors being made by the team had caused a massive fracture between Leclerc and team principal Mattia Binotto.
Now the truth has come out with Leclerc throwing the former Ferrari boss under the bus during Netflix’s fifth season of their smash hit Drive to Survive.
Leclerc doesn’t hold his punches as he delivers a brutally honest stance about how turbulent things were under the iron fist leadership of Binotto.
“Mattia is the boss, he’s the one thinking about the team orders, he’s the one choosing what’s right for the team and we just have to … deal with it,” Leclerc says.
A producer then probes Leclerc further on his remarks by asking “so there’s no exceptions where you could ignore it?”
Leclerc responds: “There’s no exceptions to avoid it, no.”
After the race Leclerc and Binotto were seen in a heated argument with the then Ferrari principal, in front of the cameras, giving his driver a public scolding.
Leclerc spoke publicly about the moment, revealing Binotto had been “pissed off” that the 25-year-old had been so dejected after the race.
“He was actually pissed off at me because I was too down, and so he was trying to cheer me up,” Leclerc said.
“Everybody was wondering why he was putting the finger like this, but I think he was just frustrated to see me so down after such a great race.”
Binotto attempted to back the decision to keep Leclerc out, instead of boxing for a set of new tyres, but those in the paddock knew they’d royally butchered it.
“They f***ed up Leclerc’s strategy, really. They should have boxed both of them,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner can be heard saying during episode 4. “Even if Hamilton stayed out, he’s on old scrub tyres.”
An explosive report emerged during the Brazilian Grand Prix, a race that saw yet another strategic disaster-class from the Italian team, that Leclerc wasn’t speaking with his boss.
Ferrari went into damage control, quickly putting out a statement saying Binotto’s position was safe as the man in charge. That however didn’t eventuate as the team parted ways and brought in Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur.
Vasseur and Leclerc previously worked together, surely in 2023 things can’t get any worse than they were in 2022 … right?