Monaco GP: Binotto Very Confident of a 2nd Row Start for Charles Leclerc

Published 05/22/2021, 3:35 AM EDT
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)


Given how impressively Ferrari have seemed to bounce back this season after majorly struggling last year, they seem to be headed towards good things this year. So much so, that team principal, Mattia Binotto, believes that Charles Leclerc could qualify P4 for Sunday’s race in Monaco.

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Both their drivers, Carlos Sainz and Leclerc, had an amazing practice session on Thursday. In the first session of the day, Sainz managed to put in the second-fastest lap while the Monegasque struggled and only came 20th.

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However, the 23-year-old redeemed himself in the second session of the day, by putting in the fastest lap, as his Spanish teammate followed him with a P2 finish.

Binotto has faith in Charles Leclerc by hoping he qualifies p4

Speaking to Sky Sports Italy, the Ferrari team boss said, “It’s always nice to dream, even if you have to be realistic on the other side. Monaco, however, is a track where the position is played on the edge of cents.

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)

“This also depends on the quality of the driver. to do well and make a good time. In qualifying, Leclerc is always went very well, this year pulled off of fourth place. that is a position that must guarantee,” Binotto concluded. (Translated via Google Translate)

What were Binotto’s thoughts on Sainz’s pace at Monaco GP?

Every team in Formula One hopes that both their drivers can deliver on the track on Sunday’s race, and Ferrari are no different. Binotto hopes that his Spanish driver, Sainz can get as close to Leclerc on the streets of Monte Carlo.

The number 55 was impressive on both practice sessions and hopes to deliver on the main day. Binotto shared his thoughts on Sainz, stating, “For Sainz speech it is different, it is gaining confidence with the car. It is growing. He likes the track and will have to deal with all these factors, trying to get as close as possible to Leclerc.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

The Maranello-based squad currently sits in fourth place in the championship with 60 points, and hope they score some more in the upcoming weekend in Monaco.

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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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