Mattia Binotto has said that he’s hoping Carlos Sainz will be able to help the team move up in the Constructors’ Championship.
Ferrari ended the 2020 season down in P5, largely due to the fact that Sebastian Vettel wasn’t able to score anywhere near as many points as Charles Leclerc.
The German will be replaced by Sainz for 2021, and the team principal is hoping that he can help the team move up in the team standings.
“What we are expecting from Carlos is a fast driver, he is very strong,” said Binotto as per GPFans.
“If you look at the 2020 season, it was really a very good season. I think he was even faster in qualifying. If you look at the past years, he was not so fast in the quali but I think in 2020 he was very strong in quali as well.
“He is a very strong racer. I think he is one of those drivers who is finishing races very often and normally, in the race, he is improving his position compared to the quali.
“So I am expecting Carlos to contribute to the constructors’ championship, which is very important for us. I think it is important to have two drivers who are delivering, or doing very well in the race, in order to do as many points as we can for the constructors’ title.
“I know that by doing well in the constructors’ means the drivers are doing very well in terms of drivers’ classification but certainly, I am pretty sure that Carlos will help us to do better in terms of constructors’ and in terms of overall as a team.”
Driving alongside Leclerc, Sainz will be the more experienced of the team drivers having joined the grid in 2015 and driven for three other teams since then.
Binotto thinks that such knowledge could prove valuable for the team.
“He will bring experience, which is good in F1. He has got many seasons now with different teams,” he added.
“Also, different methodologies of working with engineers, different approach to set-ups so he will certainly bring us a different experience which we are open to listen to and eventually, to learn where possible.
“I am expecting him to be a great team-mate for Charles. I think that the two will find each other very very well. I am expecting a hard worker.
“He is a leader and I am expecting him to help to develop the team and the team becoming stronger in the future, and that is already in 2021.”