“Not Possible”: Binotto Rules Out Improving Ferrari F1 Car Amidst French GP Struggles

Published 06/21/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
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)

Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto admits it will be impossible for the Prancing Horses to fix their French GP struggles this season. Ferrari have been remarkable in qualifying, particularly during the qualifications at Monaco and Azerbaijan Grand Prix where the Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc secured consecutive pole positions. However, the Maranello-based team cannot replicate their qualifying pace in the Main Race.


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Prancing Horses displayed yet another solid performance in qualifying at Paul Ricard. With Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc qualifying at P5 and P7, respectively. Ferrari looked poised to take home a good haul of points and extend their lead over their rivals, McLaren, in the contractors’ standings.

But it turns out to be a disastrous Sunday for Ferrari as both their drivers struggled with tire degradation. As a result, the Ferrari duo finished P12 and P16 and slipped down to P4 in the constructor’s standings with 16 points behind McLaren.


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What did Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto say?

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admits it may be impossible for them to make any further changes to their machinery this season as per regulations.

“I think we may improve the situation but to solve it I think we will need some hardware change like, for example, the rims, which is not possible per regulation. It’s more important for us at that stage to really try to understand and to address it definitely for next year,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.

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.

“We need to prepare ourselves to face such a situation in the future, and at least try to mitigate the problem since [it] will happen again this year.”

“We are expecting to suffer on this set of tracks”: Ferrari’s sporting director Laurent Mekies

Ferrari director Laurent Mekies already confirmed that the Red has decided not to make any further developments to their current SF21. Furthermore, the Prancing Horse are fully focused on the development of next year’s car.

Meanwhile, in the post-race press conference, Laurent Mekies admitted it was no surprise that the Maranello-based team struggled at Paul Ricard.

“We are expecting to suffer on this set of tracks. We would certainly say that these tracks present a great challenge for us because it’s a way to further check how we correlate, how we prepare, and how we understand our car,” said Ferrari’s Racing Director and Head of Track Area, Laurent Mekies.


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Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard.

“Talking about weaknesses, the next big topic for us is to find the same sort of consistent pace at the top of the midfield, also in the race–which has been a bit more of a rollercoaster.”


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