F1, René Arnoux goes down flat with Ferrari and Charles Leclerc

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René Arnoux doesn’t mince words

René Arnoux, analyzing in retrospect the F1 season that ended a few weeks ago, did not hide harsh criticism of both Ferrari and Charles Leclerc during an interview with ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’.

Calling the mistakes at the Cavallino’s race wall “unforgivable,” Arnoux said, “This year the chassis and the engine were there, the reliability was not. But above all, strategies were wrong so many times. And in that area there is a cleanup to be done. I would say there is to throw everything out. And find someone who is capable. Vasseur? I know him little, we saw his results in Alfa but running Ferrari is different. He has the expertise but we need to lift the team up from a technology and strategy standpoint.”

Leclerc, on the other hand, was described as still inferior to Max Verstappen, who for Arnoux “has something more.” “Look what he did at Suzuka: nailed on the outside, in the rain,” said the 74-year-old Frenchman. “When needed, he is capable of braking after the others.

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