Ferrari Boss Binotto Reveals How F1 Drivers Like Leclerc, Schumacher & Russell Hold the Upper Hand in 2022

Published 12/19/2021, 3:58 AM EST
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


There is a massive uncertainty prevailing over the forthcoming 2022 F1 season amidst massive changes to the design of the cars and how they may behave as compared to 2021. Most of the teams, including Ferrari, had to suspend their developments of the 2021 challengers following the very first race in Bahrain, and instead set their foot into the world of the unknown, that is the 2022 project.

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Such has been the pressure piling up on the teams over the past year, with most of the factories working round the clock. Hence, Ferrari F1 boss, Mattia Binotto, admitted that the drivers and the engineers are in for a highly complicated season ahead.

However, he added a silver lining to this predicted season of chaos that could well favor Charles Leclerc.

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What did the Ferrari boss say?

As reported by FormulaPassion.it, Binotto affirmed that the drivers will have to change their driving styles and that adaptability to the 2022 cars will be quite difficult.

2022 marks a discontinuity and it will also be for those who drive the car,” he said. “They will have to adapt and it is not certain that everyone will do it in the same way. We will have to relearn some driving styles.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action with Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Henry Romero

Furthermore, he revealed that the drivers who had dominated in F2 will be stronger this season. “They are cars more similar to F2: Those who were strong there will perhaps also be strong with these cars. But, we will not be able to express a definitive judgment even in the first 2-3 Grands Prix,” Binotto added.

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Will take a few races: Binotto

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Considering the complications the 2022 cars could pose for the drivers, Binotto admitted that it might take a few race weekends to get a clearer picture of how the season could unfold.

Being different, each driver will have to understand and adapt, as well as teams, setups, developments. It will take a few races to get a definitive and complete picture,” he concluded.

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

Overall, it could all come down to how quickly the drivers are able to adapt to their cars. So, who is ultimately going to lead the pack? We’ll know in time.

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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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