“Since the power is lacking compared to last year, Ferrari has to compromise in order not to lose so much speed on the straights compared to the competition,” said Schumacher. “The Reds have to drive with less aerodynamics, which means that the rear is not as stable.
“Sebastian can’t handle that at all! Charles, on the other hand, finds it easier to deal with such adversities than Sebastian. There is a background to this: Leclerc belongs to a generation of racing drivers who are given a car in the junior series that they have to deal with. These standard cars have certain problems that a racing driver has to live with.
“It was different with me at the time, but also with Sebastian. And then in F1 everything is made possible. So when you’ve had a difficult year, you always try to adapt the car to your needs. But if it doesn’t work out, as in the case of Ferrari, you come to a dead end. And Sebastian is in that right now.
“He has a driving style. He’s had it for years. He doesn’t change that. That’s his character. Now the question is whether he is ready to change this approach, to get involved in something new. Even braking five metres earlier because the rear is just too nervous. Or he sticks to his point of view that the car has to adapt to him and not the other way around.”
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