Turkish GP 2021: Why is Mattia Binotto Not With Ferrari F1 at Istanbul Park?

Published 10/07/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is seen in a protective face mask before the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Amidst a tight mid-field battle with McLaren, Ferrari is driven to clinch the P3 position in the championship race. The Turkish GP promises a lot of action and battles, things that Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto will miss out on. The team principal will sit out on the Turkish GP, preoccupied with something more perspective.

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Instead of flying to Istanbul, Mattia Binotto will spend his weekend in Maranello, using the time to focus on developing the 2022 car. With an eye on the future, Binotto is ready to amp up the 2022 Ferrari machine.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 The new 2022 F1 car is unveiled during a promotional photoshoot REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Not giving away much on the car, Binotto had simply called the car evolved. “2022 is progressing, and that’s the time when you are normally freezing the chassis geometries and the entire concept of the car, suspension layout, cooling layout, so let’s say the concept is certainly a lot advanced.”

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The beast is getting ready for the coming season; Binotto highlighted all the work that needs to be done by the team. “While the concept is frozen, the chassis is in production. It’s time we continue working on body shape, on the aerodynamics, the wings, bodywork etc, and no doubt we are working a lot on the power unit. Power unit next year will be brand new in concept and design…”

The team recently finished upgrading an engine for the weekend; with the 2022 car in the works, the Italian factory has sure been busy!

New Ferrari PU for Sainz at Turkish GP

Binotto had clearly stated that Ferrari’s focus right now is to gain points on the board. “For us it will be important to make the most important step we can, knowing that is somehow the ultimate gap in terms of performance on the power unit.”

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A step in that direction, Sainz will take on his fourth PU of the season; thus, starting at the back of the grid. After a successful upgrade to Leclerc’s PU in Sochi, the team hopes to replicate results in the Spaniard’s car.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Ferrari stated“As was the case for Charles Leclerc in Russia, in Turkey Carlos Sainz will take a completely new power unit fitted with the new hybrid system. Therefore he will start from the back of the grid with the aim of climbing up the order to try and score some points.”

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The team looks to going back to the championship-winning team that they once were. Heading to the Turkish GP, the gap between the Prancing Horses and their rivals is 17.5. The team would have to stay consistently ahead of McLaren to comfortably take their place in the game in time for Abu Dhabi.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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