Binotto Sheds Light on Leclerc ‘Bitterness’ as He Finally Makes F1 Engine Admission at Turkish GP

Published 10/10/2021, 11:39 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Ferrari had to endure a disappointing Turkish Grand Prix, as they missed out on an opportunity to grab a podium finish. The Italian team had their hopes on Charles Leclerc, as the upgraded power unit gave them a boost. But as the checkered flag brought the race to a close, they had to settle for fourth place.

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Team Principal Mattia Binotto summed up his feelings for the race. He stated that the team was heartbroken not to win, but also understood the risks that had to be taken.

Mattia Binotto opens up about his disappointment at the Turkish GP

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It is understandable that the Italian team aren’t content with their results in Istanbul. They had hoped to grab a win or at least a podium, as their new engine provided them with extra horsepower. Binotto expresses his disappointment and was well aware of the comprises they had to make.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He said, “There is bitterness. We tried to win it, knowing we could lose the third position for a fourth. PU, is giving us an advantage. We got closer to the leaders who are still far away. For Leclerc graining the rear on the final.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Their battle for third place in the championship continues

The Marenell0-based team hoped to grab maximum points in Istanbul to catch their rivals, McLaren in the constructors’ championship. Ferrari did secure a double-points finish, as Carlos Sainz came eighth, after battling his way up from 19th on the grid while Leclerc came fourth.

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While at McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo finished outside of the points, but his teammate, Lando Norris, came home seventh. This result saw the Woking-based outfit hold on to third place in the championship, while Ferrari are still stuck in fourth.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Now, the next race on the F1 calendar is the United States Grand Prix. McLaren would be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing race in Turkey, while the Scuderia would be looking to do the same, and get ahead of their rivals in the championship.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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