“Mattia Wrote This Question!” – Sainz and Leclerc’s Cheeky Dig During Ferrari Q&A

Published 02/27/2021, 3:00 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talks with Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Ferrari had their best result last season at the Istanbul park with A P3 and a P4 finish. It happened to be the first race where the team principal, Mattia Binotto, was not present at. In an interview post the race, Vettel and Leclerc joked about trying to keep Binotto at home more often.

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This is when the Binotto trolling took really took off. This season, Carlos Sainz is replacing Sebastian Vettel and joining Charles Leclerc at Ferrari. In a recent interview on Ferrari’s YouTube channel, the new drivers line up took a hilarious jab at their team boss.

Leclerc and Sainz were reading out thoughts and questions passed down by their fans while discussing the same. “I think it’s important to discuss things, talk to each other, work together and not be rivals, can we do that?” asked Leclerc.

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“Mattia wrote this question! It’s obvious,” replied Carlos as the pair burst out laughing. However, the drivers did sort out the priority this season.

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One of the questions Tifosis had for Carlos was whether or not he thinks he can beat Leclerc. The Spaniard then talked about why it will be difficult for him this year and clarified the priority for the pair this season.

“For me, it’ll be difficult to beat you, this year, because I don’t really know the team yet and the car, but you always give it everything you’ve got.

“I think there’s something more important we have to keep in mind which is making Ferrari move forward together more than our own battle,” he said.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 04: Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

2020 was Ferrari’s worst year since 1980, as they finished in the P6 position. This year-round, the team is focusing on improving their power unit performance and their podium appearances.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are also on a mission to help bring one of the greatest F1 teams back to its glory.

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How do you think the team will perform this season? Do you believe the Maranello drivers will claim multiple podiums this year?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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