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Charles Leclerc – Ferrari legend Gerhard Berger is counting on the Monegasque: “Such a thing shouldn’t happen”

Charles Leclerc showed his nerves at Imola under pressure from the Ferrari home crowd for the first time in the 2022 Formula 1 season. He had already gone off the track several times during Friday’s rainy free practice session, and in Sunday’s race he thrown away what seemed like a third place, driven by the ambition to eventually take Sergio Perez and finish second.

“You cannot afford such mistakes in such a difficult championship,” Ferrari legend Gerhard Berger told “Formel1.de”.

“If something goes wrong with an aggressive overtaking: ok. But it was all alone, he had all the time in the world and he actually had a very safe third place and a lot of points, and in the end they can hurt,” criticized Berger.

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In his eyes, Leclerc is “a very fast driver, a good driver”, but: “Now we will see how it will go in a season when it comes to the championship; how many mistakes he will make in the end”. And he stressed: “Such a thing shouldn’t happen.”

In 2022, for the first time in years, Ferrari built a winning car with its own means. Berger is convinced that Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are basically good enough to win races with them. Ferrari is now quite good. “Now we will see how good the two drivers really are,” says the Austrian.

Berger: Leclerc “must deliver now”

Leclerc is “certainly the top in terms of speed”, but: “The mistake shouldn’t have happened to him. Mistakes happen, no doubt. But if you look at last year’s world championship, he was so close to the end. that such mistakes can hurt. […] Carlo is a good man. But he now he has to deliver. “

Despite the 27-point gap that Verstappen currently has, Berger currently sees the “Red Bull advantage”. Although this “didn’t seem like much in the first few races, I think they are a bit heavy and have some reserves”. While Ferrari is already running “at full capacity”.

Also: “Perez has made a huge step forward, but he is clearly behind Max.” This makes it the “perfect number 2”. Sainz, on the other hand, is “a good man” who “doesn’t like being pushed to the second row”. At one point he “will take points away from Leclerc” and “this could play very well in the hands of Red Bull”.

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