Ferrari does not need team orders in Hungarian GP after Verstappen misery

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The Monegask is currently 63 points behind reigning champion Verstappen – this comes after crashing out of the lead last time in the French GP.

Ferrari is now 82 points behind Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.

In a bid to close the gap, Carlos Sainz will start second in Budapest behind first-time pole sitter George Russell, and his Ferrari teammate Leclerc will finish from third in his F1-75.

This comes as a power issue in Q3 for Verstappen and the ensuing battle trying to get around the activated sensor moved him to 10th place.

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He is expected to start just one position higher than team-mate Sergio Perez – who struggled during qualifying despite being given a lap due to the track limits reset.

But Ferrari doesn’t need to intervene by having talks about team orders or a split strategy to specifically cover Red Bull and do the most damage, the drivers said.

Asked by TBEN whether any special measures were needed to deal with the Red Bull woes, Leclerc said: “Frankly, in the end we just have to do the best work possible.

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Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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“So we focus on ourselves. I don’t think anything is needed there.

“We’re Just Clear” [must] don’t take any risks between the cars. But that’s so normal.

“So I don’t think there’s anything special” [is required] before tomorrow.”

The seven-time pole sitter in 2022 added: “Max will start in 10th so it may take him a few more laps to get back to the front.

“But we will focus on ourselves and try to win the race.

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Team-mate Sainz similarly thinks Ferrari’s best bet to inflict as much damage as possible on Red Bull is to focus solely on ousting Russell and claiming victory.

He said: “Tomorrow our goal is to win the race.

“[We’re] Don’t focus too much on Max because we know that if we want to save points in the championship, that’s the easiest way to win.

“Irrespective of where Max is, we want to go for the win.”