‘Its Complicated’ – Ferrari Boss Mattia Binotto Expresses Frustrations Over F1 Budget Cap

Published 08/14/2021, 9:15 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’s arguments against the budget cap have been well-heard across the grid. Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto and Christian Horner weren’t too happy about the turn one incident in Hungary. Both teams had severely damaged cars return to the pits, through no fault of their drivers.

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Binotto also voiced his opinion about having new rules to the budget cap, where the one causing the incident pays for the damages caused to the other team.

Mattia‘s opinions were disregarded, but the team principal had a lot more to say. He opened the debate on the engines of the car. Binotto has a lot of solutions to the problem at hand but knows it’s to no avail. He believes they can use Leclerc’s engine for a few more races, but the problem is that it wasn’t new.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Marshals remove the car of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after he retires from the race REUTERS/Florion Goga

The FIA allows teams to change their chassis only thrice in the season. So changing the engine again would cause a drop in grid position for Leclerc. Mattia expresses his concerns, saying, “If you replace it, you build in something new, not something with the same mileage and the same service life. So it’s complicated.”

Leclerc damaged his second power unit after the collision with Bottas. The future already worries the engineer, “There is talk of a further reduction in 2025, from three engines to two [per season], and it is clear that the fewer engines there are, the more important the issue.”

Binotto is unwilling to back off though, ready to do all he can to find wiggle room in the tight restrictions. “We will be discussing with all the other teams and with the FIA ​​because this is certainly a topical issue that has been raised from various quarters and therefore deserves to be investigated. But I don’t think there is an easy solution.”

Ferrari upgrades in the future

Problems aside, Binotto revealed a significant boost to the Ferrari chassis for the second half of the season. Although it’s unsure when the new PU will be introduced.

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Binotto divulged before the break, “We will bring a power unit development. To clarify the regulations for 2021, you may have a brand new power unit in 2021. It means you can bring an update in all components of the power unit–the ICE, turbo, MGU-H, batteries, MGU-K, etc.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifiying REUTERS/Florion Goga

Currently third in the championship, the team is doing everything they can to gain an upper hand. By leaving in order components at the beginning of the season and upgrading them, later on, is a clever move on the team’s part.

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Will Binotto’s master plan eventually play out or will he be able to outplay the regulations?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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