Ferrari target regular podiums again from 2021

Mark Scott
Mattia Binotto Ferrari

Ferrari boss, Mattia Binotto, has continued to plot the Scuderia’s path to recovery with a target of regular podiums again from 2021.

After 12 rounds of the 2020 season, Ferrari have just two podium finishes to their name and both came courtesy of Charles Leclerc in Austria and Silverstone.

In 2019, Leclerc and team-mate Sebastian Vettel accumulated 19 podium finishes between them and Binotto is hoping for a similar return again in 2021 despite the regulations remaining largely the same.

“It is not realistic that Ferrari will fight for the World Championship next year,” Binotto is quoted as having told Sky Sports Italia.

“What we have to do again is fight for the podium on a regular basis, that should be our goal.

“The team is alive and I am sure that we are going to take a step forward, it is the right time for a strong change.”

Charles Leclerc has revealed he has upped his intensity in race weekends this year – and is now fully ‘on it’ in every session.

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He continued: “We all have the opportunity to start with a new regulation for 2022 and not only that, we will also be able to work on aerodynamics from next January. It’s a good challenge, it will make the cards shuffle.”

But Binotto resisted saying there will be wholesale changes in Formula 1 when the new regulations come into play from 2022, saying they are restrictive in order to try and bring the field closer together.

He said: “The rules as they are written are very restrictive, so there are few opportunities to come up with something different.

“The reasons for change, though, are the right ones: to increase the show and also to make the cars lose more aerodynamic performance in order to be closer to the driver in front.”

Binotto’s latest target comes after Ferrari’s head of performance development, Enrico Cardile, said that the team’s aim is to be in the top six on the grid for the rest of the 2020 season.

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