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Ferrari praise drivers for response to 'painful' lows in 2022

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have endured some difficult moments during the 2022 season but, according to Ferrari, both drivers are able to quickly calm their emotions afterwards.

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Ferrari have praised their drivers for how they have responded to "painful" lows experienced by the team in 2022.

Alongside the high points, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have both experienced some tough moments during the campaign so far, with each suffering driver errors, mechanical issues and strategy problems at different times.

Leclerc was memorably heard vocalising his frustrations after crashing out of the lead of the French Grand Prix. The Monegasque screamed in anger over team radio following the mistake, which he took the blame for.

However, the Scuderia's Race Director, Laurent Mekies, does not believe that Leclerc is more emotional than Sainz when things go wrong.

Mekies explains Ferrari drivers' approach to problems

Mekies has explained how both drivers are able to calm their emotions soon after a difficult event in order to analyse what happened.

"With both these guys, we have had very good highs and we have had very painful lows this season," Mekies told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"And in both ways, in both directions, when they come back to the garage, when they have looked at what happened, when they have looked at the data, they are able to reset, to be in the learning mode pretty much after 15 minutes.

"So you need to separate that from maybe what you can hear on the radio in the heat of the moment when they are racing with a high heart rate. I think it's two different things.

"But when they get out of the car and they analyse everything, after an hour they will be back into the analysis mode and showing little emotion in a negative way, no negative emotions, but instead you can see it drives them to even more motivation."

Ferrari don't want Leclerc to change anything

While Ferrari's strategy errors came under the spotlight at the Hungarian Grand Prix, it was Leclerc's own mistake that sparked discussion one week earlier in France.

However, Mekies says that the team are not concerned, and that they do not want the driver to change anything in his style.

"Let's start from the speed," Mekies explained.

"He has been showing such outstanding speed this year again that you don't want to go and touch that aspect, and Charles doesn't need us to understand, as a great racing driver, to understand where he needs to go in terms of closeness to the limit.

"He is a master of that and, as we all do, mistakes can happen. I think we don't look at single mistakes, we look at the strike rate.

"We look at how extraordinarily you're able to do things compared to stuff that you do not as good, and I think his strike rate this year has been very, very impressive and we don't want him to change anything."

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