Binotto: Ferrari can still win in 2019

Date published: September 16 2019

Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari still have races they can win in 2019.

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto believes there will still be opportunities for the team to win in 2019.

The Scuderia claimed back-to-back wins courtesy of Charles Leclerc at Spa and Monza, with the high-speed circuits highlighting Ferrari’s straight-line speed advantage.

Those were Ferrari’s only wins of 2019 as Formula 1 heads into the final stretch of the season, and despite the fact that more technical tracks are ahead, such as the upcoming Singapore GP, Binotto feels there will still be opportunities for Ferrari to win, but it’s difficult to say where.

“We knew that these ones were tracks where we may have been competitive,” he told Autosport.com.

“It was not a given, but certainly being power sensitive and having long straights it was important for us.

“It’s important for us not to miss any other opportunities as we missed in the first part of the season, and the fact that we capitalised on the strengths of our car in these two races makes us very happy.

“What will be for the next races? I think it can be as good as the first part of the season.

“There will be races as it has been in Germany, as it has been in Canada, Bahrain, where maybe we can still be competitive, and races where the weaknesses of our car will not give us the possibilities to go for the win.

“But it’s difficult to guess which one.

“It’s important for us to continue to develop the car, continue to understand it, try to have the best balance, and give our drivers the best opportunities whenever they come.

“There are tracks like the next one [Singapore] where maybe the engine is not so important.”

Ferrari switched to their Spec-3 engine for the first time at the Italian Grand Prix, but Binotto feels it was that and a strong aero setup which created their blistering straight-line speed, rather than just pure horsepower.

“I think we should thank not only the new engine, which gives us speed and strength on the straights, but as well I think all the aerodynamic department, because the low downforce package we brought has proved to be a good one for the high speed,” Binotto explained.

“Certainly the speed you may have seen on the straight is not only down to the engine, but also the aero package we brought.”

Quizzed on any upgrades for Singapore Binotto said: “We are working certainly back in Maranello to add some downforce. Maybe a few bits will be there.”

Sebastian Vettel heads into Singapore tied with Lewis Hamilton for most wins at the circuit with both boasting four, and he too believes there will still be circuits where Ferrari are stronger than their rivals.

“Obviously going forwards we haven’t been the favourites for this year’s championship since far, far away,” the four-time champ admitted. “I think you don’t need to be clever to make that out.

“But I think we still have some races coming where we will be probably more competitive than others, but overall it’s just about getting a good weekend.

“I think the speed is there, so I’m not worried, it’s honestly just a matter of putting things together. But we have a lot of races and a lot of time.”

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