‘Ferrari have the best line-up on the grid’

Date published: August 5 2021 - Michelle Foster

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc

With Carlos Sainz back on the podium in Hungary, Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari have “the best line-up on the grid”.

The Scuderia jumped up to third place, ‘best of the rest’, at the Hungaroring on Sunday as Sainz brought his SF21 home in third place.

It was his second podium as a Ferrari driver to go along with Charles Leclerc’s P2 at the previous race, the British Grand Prix.

With two drivers both getting the most out of the car, a complete contrast to last year when Sebastian Vettel struggled so much, team boss Binotto says it shows how important it is to have two drivers performing at their best.

He told Spanish daily AS: “At Ferrari we have the best line-up on the grid.

“Carlos is integrating very well and improving race by race. He is a great reference for Charles, he pushes him to the limit.

“They both add 80 points and that shows how important it is to have two drivers who add up for the Constructors’ Championship.”

Binotto is already looking to the future with his young line-up.

While Leclerc has a long-term contract that runs until the end of 2024, Sainz only signed a two-year deal for 2021 and 2022.

“These two will give us a lot of satisfaction in the future,” said Binotto.

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc

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As for Sainz, the 26-year-old Spaniard is enjoying life racing in red.

“I am happy with the way I am integrating myself into the team and with the speed I have had in the car since the first race,” he said.

“I always feel the rhythm on any circuit this year, although I do not think it is my strongest season in F1 because I have lost many points and opportunities in different situations.

“Good speed in qualifying and in the race, but for some reason some things didn’t go as planned.

“I haven’t had a full on weekend as a Ferrari driver and I used to do that very well before.”

Sainz sits three points ahead of Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship, P6 to his team-mate’s seventh place.