Ferrari’s battle within the System 1 world constructor championship could very properly be for second place, and that has by no means been extra apparent than it’s now.
Final Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix on the Hungaroring was the second consecutive System 1 race to provide a victory for Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen and a double podium for Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Ferrari’s 2022 season has been characterised by errors, and errors led to those leads to each races.
Within the French Grand Prix, it was Charles Leclerc crashing from the lead, giving him an astonishing three retirements whereas main races this season.
Then within the Hungarian Grand Prix, it was a large technique blunder which knocked Leclerc from a possible race-winning place to sixth place.
It’s no secret that Ferrari nonetheless have a prime two automobile, together with Pink Bull. With the Scuderia having had twice as many pole positions and fairly just a few blown potential race wins, whether or not by driver error, technique error, or lack of reliability, it’s most likely not a stretch to say that they’ve the quickest package deal on the grid.
However a resurgent Mercedes proceed to capitalize on the Italian outfit’s shortcomings, and they’re catching as much as them.
Ferrari now path Pink Bull by 97 factors within the constructor standings, and Mercedes discover themselves simply 30 factors out of second place.
Mercedes have been nowhere close to the highest two groups for a lot of the season. Even now, it’s a stretch to say that they’ve “caught up”. However what they’ve performed all yr is choose up the items.
Except for one DNF for Russell in Silverstone and two poor outings from Hamilton in Jeddah and Imola, the Silver Arrows haven’t really had a nasty race all yr.
Their automobile is essentially the most dependable automobile on the grid, and it finishes the place it ought to end each race — factoring in, in fact, no matter unlucky circumstances take one or each Ferraris and/or one or each Pink Bulls out of the image.
However right here’s the place issues get even worse for Ferrari.
As if the Tifosi wanted any extra motive to really feel hopeless following two consecutive misplaced races to shut out the season’s pre-summer break stretch, right here you go:
In the event you take the next 11 spans — the newest race, the final two races, the final three races, the final 4 races, the final 5 races, the final six races, the final seven races, the final eight races, the final 9 races, the final 10 races, and the final 11 races — Mercedes rank second behind solely Pink Bull in each single one.
Backside line? They’re certainly catching up.
The great factor for Ferrari? They will completely do one thing about it, just by not persevering with to make unforced errors week in and week out. The unhealthy factor? They’ve but to point out they’ll try this greater than a race at a time — and even then, they virtually discover new methods to blow it.