Binotto Provides Promising Update for Ferrari’s Remainder of F1 Season

Published 10/16/2021, 3:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrates on the podium with the trophy after finishing third in the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov


Ever since the start of this season, McLaren have been at the top of their game, with both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo chipping in crucial points. And this initially dented the Ferrari F1 team’s prospects of returning to the top 3 in the constructors’ standings.

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However, the Maranello outfit found a breakthrough with their latest and the final update of the season – a modified power unit. The team eventually revealed that they managed to gain an extra 10 to 12 hp out of the update.

Now, with the evolved engine at the back, Ferrari have put themselves right back in the game, and are steadily reducing the gap to their rivals.

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Interestingly, Ferrari’s goal isn’t just to defeat McLaren but to also eye a podium finish over each of the upcoming races in the west and the middle-east continent.

Ferrari targeting big points in the coming weeks

According to Motorsport, Ferrari F1 boss, Mattia Binotto, affirmed that the Reds are comfortably the third quickest team at the moment, and can compete for podiums regularly.

This new power unit allows us to position ourselves right behind Mercedes and Red Bull. This is very important because it means we are ahead of the rest. I think we can now think about the podium and try to get on the podium in every race,” Binotto said. (Translated via Google Translate)

Ferrari are now 7.5 points behind their rivals, and it looks like they could soon breeze past McLaren well before the end of the season. Not only are Ferrari looking strong, but, McLaren, too, are on the verge of going downhill having produced average performances since the triumph at Monza.

Can Leclerc & Sainz finish the season ahead of Norris?

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Lando Norris was in blazing form through this season’s first half but hit a speed bump in Hungary following the collision with Valtteri Bottas. And since then, it has either been Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz finishing as the best 0f the rest; Monza being an exception.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Consequently, the gap between Norris and Sainz has come down to 29.5 points while with Leclerc, it is 29 points. Hence, with 6 more races left in the bag, there is a huge chance that one of the Ferrari drivers will surge past the Briton in the championship standings.

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Along with the Ferrari drivers, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, too, is finding his form and is now 10 points away from snatching the P4 from Norris. So, with excitement building up around the battle for P4, which of the four drivers is going to claim that position behind the top 3?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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