I don’t like starting the Championship in an anonymous and interchangeable location.
I don’t like the rhetoric of predestined.
I don’t like the epiphany of “Charles Leclerc 2.0”.
I don’t like the laudatio funebris of old and new rulers after only three races.
I don’t like the “Grand Slam”.
Well, now that I’ve clearly written what I don’t like, I feel ready to write what, on the other hand, I liked and continue to like until nowdownstream of the Australian Grand Prix.
I’ll start with the Australian Grand Prix, the land that gave the racing world there Tasman Cup and Black Jack Brabham, as well as the two historic tracks of Adelaide and Melbourne, which were worth the price of waking up well before 4am to be present at the start of the season. Now get up a little later – ah, TV marketing! – and the historic Melbourne track has undergone significant changes during the forced stop caused by the health emergency. Well, do you see what happens when aged tracks are modified by people who really know what Formula One is? The slopes improve from the point of view of spectacle and speed, even if the old gravel and stretches of lawn are kept, without becoming more dangerous.
And what a curious and special circumstance it was to verify that, even on the renewed layout of Melbourne, Ferrari did not show any kind of problem while the opponents continue to remain distant and to… roast! Without Sainz’s problems, which can be ascribed to a series of unfortunate events, Ferrari it has always remained in controlthat is to say in the position of someone who has not only room for maneuver but a series of alternative scenarios to be put in place, all equally valid.
Ferrari has gone from being the target of sad as well as truthful jeers to that of unlikely theories about its vulnerability on the straight – ten points to the Casa delle Bibite for having given us, in support of these statements, the spectacular Verstappen retreat, worthy of the best. wands of hogwarts. I hope that these lucubrations will not turn into witch hunts carried out by means of poisoned investigations, or at least that Ferrari is ready to react.
Will 2022 be the real good year? Certainly, if things stay that waywith the three big contenders on more or less similar performances – I also put in the Mercedes, which is described as carrying a handcart but which, however, goes to the points or the podium without risking too much, apart from the ego of pilots and managers – we will finally see a true total clash between constructive philosophies, team organizations and men at the wheel. Many of us, who did not know him in his years in the minor formulas, are also discovering the truth Charles Leclerc, speaking of an alleged “version 2.0” that would have its epiphany during the winter. Let’s say that now, in addition to the undoubted talent, the Monegasque he has the right car – and the right team – to show himself to the fullest of his talentsfrom the impressive mastery in qualifying to the rocky coldness in the race, skills honed with exercise in a three-year period of collecting crumbs and tempered by a non-ordinary character.
The first Grand Chelem – no, up here it will never be Grand Slam – is a confirmation and a signature on a blank contract in which he undertakes, in front of the team and the hungry Red People, to do what Ferrari has not been able to do in previous years: improve during the season. As seen in this remnant of the season, it seems that Charles Leclerc, more than a predestined, be the right man.
Which I like very much.