Target Is Not To Beat McLaren: Binotto Lists Ferrari’s ‘Main Goal’ This F1 Season

Published 06/29/2021, 3:35 AM EDT
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


After failing to present themselves as a competitive team last season, Ferrari were ways away from being McLaren’s rivals. However, the Italian team seem to have seem to found their mojo back as they have been making an impact in the grid, with Charles Leclerc taking two consecutive poles and Carlos securing a podium finish in Monaco.

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Thus, it seems like the Scuderia have what they need to challenge McLaren this year. In fact, the Italians, in fourth place with 108 points, sit right behind third-placed Woking-based squad, who have 120 points under their belt.

However, the team principal of Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, feels that defeating the Woking-based outfit isn’t on their bucket list this year. Instead, they to grow more with the team as a whole.

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Ferrari isn’t concerned with McLaren’s performance, says Binotto

As quoted by Motorsport, hesaid, “How important is it to us to get more points from McLaren? It doesn’t matter [to us]

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

“Maybe I surprise you, but as I said at the beginning of the season, our main goals are to make sure that we are progressing as a team in terms of next year and next seasons and that we are doing better in every field, and to learn from mistakes, like for example in France.

“Third place in theory may be a goal, but it’s not your main goal. As I said before, I think the most important thing is that you make progress,” Binotto concluded. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Scuderia looking to capitalize on round two in Austria

This past weekend at Styria saw the Italian team scored a combined total of fourteen points, as Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finished in P6 & P7, respectively. Meanwhile, at McLaren, Lando Norris crossed the line fifth and turned out to be the only one to score points. His teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, finished in P13 and came home empty-handed.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Regardless, the Woking-based team still has a twelve-point lead over the red team. However, in a week’s time, they go racing again at the same venue, with Ferrari hoping for a better finish, if not a similar one, to take the third place in the constructors’.

Can Sainz and Leclerc work together to bring home dual points finish for the Maranello-based team? We won’t have to wait that long, as we are just days away from the Austrian Grand Prix.

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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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