Mattia Binotto Fails to Hide His Disappointment With Ferrari F1 Juniors

Published 08/18/2021, 5:57 AM EDT
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


Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are having a decent season so far. However, Team Principal, Mattia Binotto isn’t pleased with the results of their junior drivers and hopes they can step up their game.

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The junior drivers of the Scuderia in F2 consist of Robert Schwartzman and Marcus Armstrong. The two are having an underwhelming season, and Binotto hopes that they can step up their game for the second half of the season.

Mattia Binotto isn’t pleased with the performance of Ferrari F2 Drivers

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Being part of the Ferrari driver academy is a privilege for many drivers, as it is their road to Formula One. One of their most recognized drivers from their academy is Mick Schumacher, who won the F2 season last year.

However, this season tells a different story, as Schwartzman and Armstrong have failed to live up to the expectation of Binotto. He compares them to Schumacher Jr’s stint in F2 and hopes they achieve a similar result this year.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Even though, Shwartzman is third in the standings with 91 points under his belt. It is Armstrong who seems to be struggling as he finds himself in fourteenth place in the standings with just twenty-four points.

As quoted from Speedweek, Binotto said, “If we look at the results, then nobody can gloss over that the results are not as good as a year ago.” (Translated from German via Google)

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How is Schumacher doing this season?

Winning the F2 championship certainly hope to the German driver as he was ready to step into F1. However, this season has proven to be underwhelming for the Haas rookie, as his best result to date is a twelfth place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Even though he is having a poor season, Binotto considers him to be on the right path.

He said, “We held on at the beginning of the season – the goal for him should be not to put excessive pressure on himself, but to concentrate entirely on learning. The 2021 season must be viewed as an apprenticeship year for him.”

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

“And I see Mick on the right path, he is making progress. Of course, he made mistakes, but that’s part of the learning process. We can be satisfied with the interim results. It is important for Schumacher that he continues to develop and make steady progress in the second half,” he concluded.

With the second half of the season about to begin, Binotto will hope that all his drivers will step up their game, and achieve better results, whether that be F1 or F2.

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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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