‘We Don’t Even Notice That’ – Binotto Explains Sainz, Vettel and Alonso’s F1 Struggles

Published 05/06/2021, 10:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. after the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Carlos Sainz, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez are all driving for a new team this season. Adapting to a new Formula 1 car is not easy, and we have seen these drivers struggling this year as they try to claim points for their new team.

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Sainz had an impressive season with McLaren in 2020 and moved to Ferrari this year. Unfortunately, the transition has not been easy; the Spaniard is currently in P8 on the driver’s standing, with half as points as his teammate, Charles Leclerc, in P5 with 28 points.

In a recent interview, Ferrari principal, Mattia Binotto explained what makes the switch from one team to another difficult. He said, “First of all, it has to be said that the drivers only had one and a half days of testing to get used to a new car and a new team. That is very little.

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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)

“Second, the current cars are very difficult to drive. As observers from the outside, we don’t even notice that. The task is not just to drive around in circles. It’s about the last one or two tenths. And they lie in things how you best use the aerodynamics, the drive unit and the tires for yourself.”

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Binotto explains what Carlos Sainz has to adapt to

Modern Formula 1 cars are some of the most complicated machines to drive on the planet. The teams work tirelessly to gain an edge over the others. Therefore, when a driver switches team, he requires time to understand the car and be at one with it.

Binotto further explained the challenges posed by the modern Formula 1 car. He said, “These cars are real monsters. Each one has its own peculiarities.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“There are small but subtle differences in the coordination of the chassis, the power steering and the aero balance. It can be very different from one car to the other. Finding the limit everywhere makes it so difficult.”

Sainz qualified P5 last weekend in Portugal and was on his way to a top-five finish. However, after the first pit stop, the Spaniard encountered major tire graining, and he eventually fell out of a top-10 finish.

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He will look forward to making the most of his home Grand Prix this weekend and gain some important points for himself and Ferrari. Do you believe Sainz can pull off a top five finish this weekend?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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