Binotto believes Ferrari can win the final ’10 races’

Michelle Foster
Mattia Binotto hugs Charles Leclerc after his victory in Bahrain. Sakhir March 2022.

Ferrari can rebound from their French Grand Prix disappointment to win the next “10 races”, so says team boss Mattia Binotto.

Ferrari’s recent spate of upgrades have seen the Scuderia hit their stride, taking the win ahead of Red Bull at the British Grand Prix and following that up with another P1 in Austria.

Charles Leclerc was racing towards the hat-trick at the Paul Ricard circuit only to lose the rear of his F1-75 through Turn 11, spearing into nose first into the barrier.

It was a gut-wrenching result for the Monégasque driver who had just started to make inroads into Max Verstappen’s championship lead.

His team boss says it is not over yet.

“At the end of the season we will see where we are, but I think what’s more important to see today, once again, the good package, there is no reason why we cannot win 10 races from now to the end,” Binotto said as per De Telegraaf.

“And I think that the way to look at this positively and I like to be positive staying optimistic.

“Could something happen to Max and Red Bull? I’m not counting on it, we need to be focusing on ourselves and do our best.”

“What I said to Charles, things are more complicated but not impossible,” he continued, “and simply we will enjoy more in the case that we can turn it into a victory at the end.

“We need to stay focused in each single race. If I look back at the last races, we always had great potential. It didn’t turn into the best results in terms of championship and points.

“But [There’s] no reason why in the next 10 races, that will not happen. So the potential is there. The drivers are fantastic. So I’m pretty positive.”

Ferrari left France with a P5 for Carlos Sainz, pundits still perplexed by Ferrari’s decision to pit him late in the race as he took third place.

That pit stop, coupled with his five-second time penalty, meant he fell to ninth and could only recover to P5.

Given that he was in podium contention having started P19 due to engine penalties, and that Leclerc had been running P1 when he crashed, the Italian team boss says Ferrari can draw some encouragement from the pace of the F1-75.

“It has been a good weekend in terms of pace,” he added. “The car has proved to be very competitive, I think Carlos’ race, as well, has shown it

“Charles got pole, and he was leading the race. I think we had an edge on the Red Bull in terms of tyre degradation by Lap 15, and Max had to stop.

“We could have and were extending the stint. We leave here with full confidence in our package, our drivers’ capacity and our speed.”

Leclerc trails Verstappen by 63 points, with Ferrari 82 points behind Red Bull in the Constructors’.

 

Highlights from the French Grand Prix

Did Max Verstappen win the French Grand Prix, or did Ferrari and Charles Leclerc throw it away? Probably a bit of both.