Ferrari have also looked promising in pre-season testing, seeming to have found a good balance with the new 2022 regulations. Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz looked quick, especially on day one and two, with Red Bull dominating day three.
Bahrain was a standout race for The Prancing Horse, with their first 1 - 2 finish since Singapore 2019. Charles Leclerc secured his third career win and first since Monza 2019 from Pole in Bahrain. Carlos Sainz came home second, partly due to the retirement of Max Verstappen on lap 54.
Despite Verstappen winning the race, Saudi Arabia was also a strong weekend for Ferrari. Leclerc finished second, with Sainz in third. The race in Jeddah was another bout of close wheel-to-wheel racing with Verstappen, culminating in the Dutchman narrowly winning out, crossing the finish line only 0.5 seconds ahead of Leclerc.
Australia was a mixed bag for The Prancing Horse, with a grand slam and a first-lap retirement. Charles Leclerc bagged his first-ever grand slam at Albert Park, where he won pole, led every lap and won the race. In fact, the Monagasque’s lead was largely uncontested, as Leclerc only faced some trouble from Verstappen at a safety car restart, but later finished the race with a 20-second buffer between him and Perez.
Sainz, on the other hand, had a poor weekend. His qualifying was hindered by a red flag caused by fellow countryman Fernando Alonso, causing Sainz to start ninth on the Sunday. The Spaniard’s misery was further compounded by a first-lap exit, where Sainz beached his Ferrari in a gravel trap.
Both Ferrari drivers had a weekend to forget in Italy, with Sainz retiring from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after a first lap incident with Daniel Ricciardo and Leclerc spinning into the wall, finishing in sixth. Ferrari did collect a good haul of points from the sprint race where Leclerc finished second and Sainz fourth.
Miami saw another 2 - 3 finish for The Prancing Horse, with Leclerc being unable to catch the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Despite the Dutchman winning the race, Leclerc still leads the Drivers Championship by 19 points, however, both him and Ferrari will want victory in Spain to widen the gap on RedBull - which is only six points in the Constructor Championship.