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Schmidt's F1 blog: Ferrari threatens to gamble away titles

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F errari currently has the best car in the field, but is in both world championships only in second place. Monza was the classic. Two Ferraris in the front row, but only in 2nd and 4th place at the finish. Although every World Championship point is at stake in the World Championship fight, the internal rules of the game are strictly adhered to. And after them Kimi Raikkonen was second in the sequence in qualifying in Monza. So it was clear: Raikkonen benefits from Sebastian Vettel's slipstream and not the other way around. Kimi promptly took pole position.

in Hahn after that. Mercedes plays that perfectly. And is still praised for it. Bottas was instrumental in helping Hamilton win in Monza. That could be decisive in the final settlement. Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene was quoted as saying that he was replacing drivers, not butlers.

That is commendable from the fans' point of view. I also sympathize with it. But I know how big it will be in Maranello if this World Cup is screwed up too. Never since 2012 has the chance of winning the Drivers' Championship been so great. But against a Hamilton who makes practically no mistakes and also drives with a man-deck, Ferrari's sporting spirit becomes a boomerang. You can guarantee Ferrari that it won't work again if you don't put all your cards on Vettel quickly.


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