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Italian media react to latest Ferrari strategy blunder

The Italian newspapers have reacted to the latest Ferrari blunder that put Charles Leclerc on the back foot during qualifying.

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The Italian media has reacted to the latest strategical error from Ferrari that cost Charles Leclerc a chance to fight for pole.

Corriere dello Sport sided with Leclerc, claiming the team were indecisive when making the switch during the changeable conditions.

"It was chaos again, especially at Ferrari," the publication writes. "It started with the mechanics in Q1 not knowing what tyres to put under Leclerc's car.

"A decision had to be made: intermediates? Used softs, new softs? It ended up being the last one, but we saw a whirlwind on several tyres.

"When there was also a red flag for Russell's mistake, poor Leclerc had no chance at all. He came back into the pits with his head bowed. He still stood before the press, but you could clearly see that he was desperate."

Mistake by Leclerc?

Corriere della Sera was less forgiving of Leclerc claiming, like Damon Hill, that the Monegasque should take some of the blame for the indecision and compares him to Max Verstappen.

"But it was also a mistake by Leclerc. He does not know how to keep a cool head during critical situations," they wrote.

"On that front row we see Max Verstappen again, who does manage to stay in his own bubble in critical situations."

Italy's largest sports newspaper, The Gazzetta dello Sport, highlighted how the team were too late in telling Leclerc to pit for slicks at the start of Q3 before the red flag.

"A bitter day for Leclerc," reads the publication. "He was the only one on intermediates, which made his first lap far from interesting.

"Then he was told to come in. "Nice one," was the Monegasque's answer."

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