Ferrari “Cannot Repeat Such a Bad Result” in 2021 Admits Team Boss Binotto

Published 02/27/2021, 5:40 AM EST
NUERBURG, GERMANY – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto walks in the Paddock before final practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Ferrari had a horrid 2020 season they finished 6th in the standings with 131 points, their worst season since 1980. During the first of the team pre-season launches, team principal Mattia Binotto acknowledged that repeating last year’s performance is not an option for the red team.

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According to him, it is his duty to take the team back to the top of the grid again. Binotto also spoke about the mindset that the team and their drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, will need to have ahead of the upcoming season.

MONZA, ITALY: Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by XPB/Pool via Getty Images)

Ferrari has intentions of winning again

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Mattia Binotto said, “Certainly last year was a big, big disappointment. We know that we cannot repeat such a bad result; we know that we need somehow to do better in 2021.

“That is what I’m expecting, so I think it’s really a matter of mentality: team mentality, drivers’ mentality, and as Team Principal, no doubt I’m fully aware of the responsibility I’ve got, being part of such a team.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto reacts during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“I feel not pressure, but I feel the responsibility, as well the pride, and I know that, as I said, initially we simply need to do better, and that’s part of my first responsibility,” Binotto concluded.

With Leclerc and Sainz behind the wheel, the hope is that they will take Ferrari back to the top.

Cautiously optimistic for the upcoming season

The lack of a good power unit saw the Maranello-based team struggle on the track, which resulted from the lack of wins and podiums. Due to an unimpressive season, they fell from second in the constructors’ standing in 2019 to a lowly sixth in 2020.

The team has brought in Sainz from Mclaren to help them battle on the track and bring back the honor to the Tifosi. Ferrari has an exceptional lineup for the 2021 grid.

So, having set a skillful and competitive lineup, the burden now falls on the team to deliver a car that the drivers can drive all the way to the top of the podium.

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16 LECLERC Charles (mco), Scuderia Ferrari SF1000, action during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Whether or not the Scuderia are able to do that, we’ll only find out once the pre-season testing begins.

However, the team are yet to launch their car for the season, so, hopefully, we get to see a sneak peek of the beast Ferarri have built to take them back to their glory days.

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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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