‘There Will Be Setbacks’ – Binotto Makes Honest Admission at Ferrari SF21 Car Launch

Published 03/10/2021, 7:05 AM CST
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)


Ahead of unveiling their newest machine for the 2021 season, team boss of Scuderia Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, spoke about the challenges and obstacles the team have had to overcome in preparation for the new season. He urged fans to show some patience in what will be a very tough campaign ahead.

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Binotto said, “2021 is going to be a very important year, full of challenges. First of all the car: the Sf21, which has inherited much from its predecessor. And the budget cap: for the first time we have a limit on spending. 

“We must face these challenges with determination. Along with our new driver lineup.”

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The fact that the SF21 is similar to the SF1000 may also be interpreted from a livery point of view. This would basically confirm and reassure fans that there will not be any drastic changes to the livery, unlike a few other teams.

RED BULL RING, SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Italian even spoke about the challenge of already beginning work on the car for the 2022 season. This car would have to be very different due to the new aerodynamic regulations that kick in next year. As such, Ferrari doesn’t have time to rest easy.

He added, “In addition, the 2022 car must be planned from scratch, since it’ll be completely new, in its design and technical features.”

However, in the short term, Binotto doesn’t expect the 2021 season to be like a dream.

Ferrari boss wary of setbacks in 2021

Binotto reiterated what ace driver Charles Leclerc had said about learning from weaknesses.

Mattia said, “The path that lies before us is long and full of obstacles. It’s entirely possible that there will be setbacks and mistakes. Some of them are inevitable, others are intolerable. The important thing for us is that any weak spot becomes an opportunity for our team to improve, with the right spirit.”

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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)

The most important aim for the upcoming campaign would be to avenge the horrors of the previous one. The Tifosi will understand that a title push is unlikely, but what they’d want to see from the team is a stronger will to compete. They’d want the Maranello-based outfit to at least end the season as the best of the rest and perhaps notch a win or two.

But will the historic F1 outfit deliver? Only time will tell.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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