Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said that he joked about having engine problems over the radio during the final stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix, scaring his mechanics.
The Scuderia appears to be back on track for the start of the 2022 Formula One season, with Leclerc winning from start to finish in Bahrain on Sunday, ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz, who finished second after Red Bull driver Max Verstappen forced to retire a few laps from the finish.
Shortly as he started crawling back to the pits, the Dutch driver complained of a loss of power, and his teammate Sergio Perez experienced the same fate not long after, capping off a terrible weekend for the Bulls.
Ferrari, on the other hand, was victorious, winning their first race since 2019, and both of their vehicles appeared extremely durable during the 57-lap race.
Leclerc had such faith in his car’s dependability that he chose to make a joke about his engine failing in the final stages, which must have gone over like a lead balloon on the Ferrari pitwall:
“I did a bit of a joke on the radio on the last lap saying there was something strange with the engine which gave a heart attack to some of the engineers I am sure.
“But everything was fine. Very happy this time we brought it home.”
We’re not comedians, but we think Charles should stick to his day job, which is driving a Formula 1 car to perfection, rather than moving to stand-up comedy.
Ferrari can definitely be pleased with the entire weekend’s performance, and the goal now must be to attempt a double in Saudi Arabia this weekend, when the F1 circus visits the Jeddah Street Circuit.