From 34 points ahead as Max Verstappen had reliability issues to 49 down after Charles Leclerc suffered engine failures, Ferrari senior performance engineer Jock Clear says reliability will “play a part” in this year’s title race.
Leclerc made a flying start to this year’s championship, the Monégasque driver winning two of the first three races.
He raced out to a 34-point lead after Australia, his advantage in the standings boosted by two DNFs for Verstappen, both coming while the Red Bull driver was running in second place.
But with two retirements, both while he was up in P1, and an engine penalty in the last four grands prix, Leclerc has fallen to 49 points behind the reigning World Champion.
“We’ve seen, not wishing bad luck on Max or not wishing to sort of win it by virtue of DNFs and that sort of thing,” Clear told the F1 Nation podcast, “but reliability will play a part in this championship later on in the year as well, for everyone.
“So you know,…