Binotto: Mercedes only slightly better than Ferrari

Michelle Foster
Toto Wolff insists that Mercedes are not targetting 21 race wins in 2019.

Toto Wolff insists that Mercedes are not targetting 21 race wins in 2019.

Mercedes may have four wins on the trot but Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is adamant his team’s gap to the championship leaders is “not so big.”

Although Ferrari set the pace in pre-season testing, it is Mercedes who have dominated this year’s championship.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have bagged four successive 1-2 results while Ferrari’s best result is three third-placed finishes.

But while Mercedes are adamant Ferrari are not out of the hunt, so too is Binotto.

“I think that, four races in the season, no win for Ferrari, four wins for Mercedes, no doubt that they are very strong, and certainly they’ve got, let me say, a slightly better car,” he said.

“But I think that the gap is not so big, and the points and the results are not reflecting the true potentials of the cars.”

Speaking specifically about the last race in Azerbaijan, Binotto reckons the SF90 was capable of taking pole while Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag 12 seconds shy of race winner Bottas.

“I think that if you’ve got a car fast enough to score potentially the pole, you’ve got a good car overall,” Binotto added.

“In the race, yes, we were not as fast as them, but we didn’t finish 20 seconds behind.

“I think that Seb somehow at the end of the race was quite close, and if you look what the delta, lap time average, on the race, is significant but still little.

“I think it’s something on which there is much to try to work and to close in in the near future.”

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