Outstanding Qualifying Session Flattered Ferrari in Baku: Binotto

Published 06/08/2021, 11:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – August 14, 2020 Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference | Courtesy: Reuters


Scuderia Ferrari had a disappointing weekend at Azerbaijan GP. Charles Leclerc had to be satisfied with P5 after securing back-to-back poles. Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz dropped from P5 on the grid to P8 at the end of the race.

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The Monegasque driver toiled for pace on Sunday and was subsequently overtaken by title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Moreover, Sainz, who was on the podium at Monte Carlo, made a mistake on lap 11 after he’d locked up at turn 8.

Meanwhile, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admitted he was “expecting something better” from his drivers after achieving consecutive poles.

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What did Mattia Binotto say?

“I think we were expecting something better after the qualifying because it has been a difficult race. We have not been perfect in many areas, and I think overall the result is what it is, but as usual it may be a lesson learned,” said Mattia Binotto Sunday evening.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“There are things that can be improved, I’m pretty sure that reviewing the entire race, we will find areas of improvement and that’s important for us. Overall, I think it’s still a good weekend, and we should keep our heads up and positive. We had made a pole, which I think was outstanding.”

Ferrari overtook Mclaren in the Constructors Championship

After missing out on the podium at Azerbaijan Grand Prix, there’s still one thing that Ferrari can celebrate. The Maranello outfit outscored McLaren 16 points to 12 which helped them leapfrogged their rivals at P3.

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“Finally, we are third in the constructors’ championship, since the restart of the season it never happened. It’s only by two points, but it’s showing somehow we are progressing. I think there are positives in the weekend, but certainly again as I said, things to be learned,” Binotto added.

“Now we’ve got three races in a row in the next weeks, which will be important. So certainly, we remain focused, concentrated, and fighting to get better in the future.”

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Can Ferrari display another powerful performance in the qualifying and secure their third consecutive pole at French Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

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