Mattia Binotto sees Ferrari disappoint again. The team boss of the Italian racing stable says that the F1-75 of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz was not fast enough for the third race in a row to put Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing under pressure. Leclerc eventually finished third, while Sainz finished eighth after a penalty.
“We weren’t fast enough,” Binotto says visibly disappointed in conversation with viaplay. ‘We weren’t in Hungary, we weren’t at Spa and not here either. If you’re not fast enough, you can’t fight for the best possible result. We had a good qualifying, so I was hoping for a good race, but that was not the case. There was no question of that.’
Binotto goes on to say that Ferrari must now discuss why they were unable to exploit the car’s potential. “Is it the speed, the set-up or the confidence of the drivers?” wonders the Italian team boss. He saw that Mercedes was also fast. ‘This makes it more difficult. During the race it was more about looking back than forward.’
Mercedes approaches Ferrari
Mercedes is beginning to pose a threat to Ferrari, Binotto believes. ‘Certainly on Sunday, with the race pace, then they’ll be back. That’s a concern for us, but it’s our fault that we don’t deliver in terms of speed. We have to analyze that. The next race is Monza, I’m happy to be there again. The fans are back, they can support us. It creates positive pressure.’