Felipe Massa cautions Charles Leclerc 'to stop publicly lambasting the Ferrari team'

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Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa feels that Charles Leclerc must learn to be patient with the team despite the clear strategy and car reliability errors, as internal struggles won't benefit any of the parties involved.

Leclerc and Ferrari dominated the opening three races of the season, but since then, they have struggled with several issues, which has seen the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez dominating more and more.

The last time out in Hungary, an apparent strategy blunder cost Leclerc a likely win while handing Verstappen the victory instead.

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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc is not happy

In a chat on Sky F1's 'Any Driven Monday' podcast, Massa advised Leclerc to stop publicly lambasting the Ferrari team for his struggles as he was also to blame for driver mistakes made in France and Italy.

"Well, definitely, he's not happy at all," Massa said. "But you need to be patient because if you start a fight now, it will not help the team.

"Charles, we cannot forget, in the last race, he made a mistake that just gave away a very good possibility to win the race and score the right number of points.

"So, you need to be patient. So, even if you're not happy with the decisions, the mistakes that are happening, you need to fight in the right way, professionally.

"Not showing it outside because, if you start to show outside, it is not helping both sides, even if Ferrari made more mistakes this year. A fight outside will not help them."

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Charles Leclerc

Relationship with Binotto

Massa, who was part of the Ferrari team from 2006 to 2013 and drove in 139 Grands Prix, said he knows current team boss Mattia Binotto well.

"I know him very well. We worked together for a very long time; he was an engineer of the engines," Massa said. "Then he became the boss on the engine side. When he became the technical director and then team principal, I was not there anymore.

"So, he's a very good engineer, [and] he's a very professional guy. He understands a lot about it on the technical side. He's also a good guy, to be honest. I like him as a person as well.

"But, in the end, you understand that the result is not coming the way it should. So we cannot definitely blame him, but we need to say that he's part of it.

"There definitely needs to be a little bit calmer for decisions, understand what is not happening because the many mistakes that happened at the beginning of the season, in terms of strategy, are still happening.

"He needs to turn and change things in a quick way otherwise, he can pay for it, you know?"

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Charles Leclerc (right) and Ferrari team boss, Mattia Binotto

Ferrari's resurgance

The 41-year-old Massa said that despite the Ferrari struggles of late, it was great to see the Scuderia Ferrari' Prancing Horse' challenging at the front of the grid again.

"It's actually nice to see Ferrari back in the fight. This is clear for everybody," Massa said. "I think for F1, it was very interesting, just to see Ferrari back winning races, fighting for the championship, especially at the beginning of the season.

"But unfortunately, so many bad decisions or reliability issues [happened] this year that just took Ferrari away from the fight for the championship.

"Just Ferrari lost many races, many victories, because of that. It's a shame because just to see Ferrari fight for the championship at least into the end of the championship, and this, for sure, is finished."

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