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Nico Rosberg: Ferrari needs ‘serious changes’ – but Charles Leclerc can still beat Max Verstappen to title

Sky Sports F1's Nico Rosberg believes Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto needs to do it

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Sky Sports F1’s Nico Rosberg believes Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto needs to make “serious changes” following the team’s strategy for Carlos Sainz at the French GP

Sky Sports F1’s Nico Rosberg believes Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto needs to make “serious changes” following the team’s strategy for Carlos Sainz at the French GP

Sky Sports F1’s Nico Rosberg says Ferrari needs to make ‘serious changes’ after feeling yet another strategy blunder at the French GP, while also insisting Charles Leclerc is still in the title fight against Max Verstappen, despite recovering from his crash The lead lost big points.

It was another dramatic race on Sunday, with Verstappen capitalizing on Leclerc’s fall to take a 63-point lead with 10 races to go, while Sainz missed out on a podium after a late Ferrari pit stop.

Rosberg, reflecting on the events, shared his thoughts on all those big moments, as well as Mercedes’ best results of the season in second and third place, Lewis Hamilton’s improvement in form and more…

“Why did Leclerc take the blame for the crash?”

Anthony Davidson analyzes Charles Leclerc's crash at the French GP when the Ferrari driver went off the track dramatically on Sunday

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Anthony Davidson analyzes Charles Leclerc’s crash at the French GP when the Ferrari driver went off the track dramatically on Sunday

Anthony Davidson analyzes Charles Leclerc’s crash at the French GP when the Ferrari driver went off the track dramatically on Sunday

“I really think it was premature for Leclerc to take the blame.

“He has to go back now because it’s really very unusual for that to happen because you don’t even go to the maximum there, you save tyres.

“For the tail to go like that, there could be one at that point, that’s exactly the point where the wind is coming from behind, and if you get an unfortunate gust or something, that can suddenly take away 20 percent of your downforce right in that one Moment.

Charles Leclerc says the mistake he made that caused him to fall at the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

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Charles Leclerc says the mistake he made that caused him to fall at the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

Charles Leclerc says the mistake he made that caused him to fall at the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

“And what happened to the engine there? It just needs a little cut or something that can kick the rear end out. I really think they need to take some time to look at this because I still can’t believe it was a driving error.

“I found it a bit odd too, and I think that’s the point where Charles started complaining about not being able to put the gas on because, I think, the car wasn’t even broken?

“The front wing was probably broken going into the barriers but I’m surprised he didn’t try to get out further and continue. I’m not sure what happened there.”

“Binotto needs to make serious changes at Ferrari”

“I shook my head at Ferrari’s strategy for Sainz. What on earth are they doing? First of all, he was in the middle of a huge battle on the track and his whole team wasn’t watching, they were down.” They made their calculations about pit stop times. They talked to him like they were in the middle of wheel-to-wheel action. I thought, what are you guys doing?

Ferrari interrupts and tells Carlos Sainz to pit if he passes Sergio Perez!

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Ferrari interrupts and tells Carlos Sainz to pit if he passes Sergio Perez!

Ferrari interrupts and tells Carlos Sainz to pit if he passes Sergio Perez!

“Then Carlos is on P3 and comfortably he could have stayed there and the tires would have been fine until the end. He even had a chance to get Lewis for P2. Then they bring him in and there’s no chance of getting past P5 where he ended up.

“What kind of earth is going on there?

“Really, I think it’s about time they made some changes there, some serious changes.

Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari is doing a good job in terms of strategy after pitting from third place and fifth at the French GP

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Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari is doing a good job in terms of strategy after pitting from third place and fifth at the French GP

Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari is doing a good job in terms of strategy after pitting from third place and fifth at the French GP

“Pit in and don’t race until the end and then add the penalty…

“Terrible judgment there, terrible. I can’t explain it. Mattia [Binotto, team boss] I really need to get a handle on that and make some serious changes I think now.”

“Verstappen is comfortable now… but Ferrari is faster!”

“That puts him in a pretty comfortable position. The only thing, let’s not forget, Ferrari seems to have the better car at the moment.”

Could Charles Leclerc's retirements in Spain, Azerbaijan and France cost him the F1 title?

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Could Charles Leclerc’s retirements in Spain, Azerbaijan and France cost him the F1 title?

Could Charles Leclerc’s retirements in Spain, Azerbaijan and France cost him the F1 title?

“They passed Red Bull and Leclerc also ran away with the win just before he spun. Everything went as he wished.

“They were most likely able to pull off their one-stop strategy, things were going really well so we can hope that Leclerc can still make a comeback in the Championship in the remaining races. It’s still up for grabs.”

‘Mercedes’ race day recovery will give them hope’

“What an incredible comeback for Mercedes after the slap in the face in qualifying, no one could have predicted a double podium despite the pace they showed.

“They were close to the pace of the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, especially when you look at the first stint. Lewis fell back about six seconds early and then was pretty consistent there and even caught up a bit.

“That was really a big plus for Mercedes again.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says the team performance was great as they secured their first double podium of the season

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says the team performance was great as they secured their first double podium of the season

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says the team performance was great as they secured their first double podium of the season

“It seems like maybe it’s the qualifying pace that’s the big, big issue they have to deal with. The race pace has confirmed that they’ve made progress, that’s a big advantage for them today.”

“If they continue to have bad Saturdays like that, it will be difficult for them to make enough progress to really fight for that win. So it depends. On Sunday it was so promising and so cool to see how Lewis was still so positive, motivated and happy with that P2 being a little bit closer to Verstappen. That’s great to see, it’s nice to see him still going full throttle and that will help the whole team at Mercedes.

“A Formula 1 team like Mercedes always works crazy, crazy hard. Sometimes I have a hard time imagining how they can work any harder because everything has a limit.

Nico Rosberg says his ex-team-mate Lewis Hamilton is

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Nico Rosberg says his ex-team-mate Lewis Hamilton is “still motivated” and believes the 37-year-old will stay in F1 for a few more seasons

Nico Rosberg says his ex-team-mate Lewis Hamilton is “still motivated” and believes the 37-year-old will stay in F1 for a few more seasons

“They stay super, super motivated and a race like Sunday also gives them new energy because it gives them hope after a darker day like Saturday.

“It gives them hope that maybe they can still win this year and fight for race wins towards the end of the season, with luck too, you know.

“That hope really fires you up again and that’s the momentum Mercedes is in at the moment.”

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