Mattia Binotto was absent from Ferrari’s pit wall during the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, where her two drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz placed fourth and eighth respectively, a result Binotto attributes to the new powertrain upgrade that gives them a little advantage.
Leclerc received the improved powertrain at the Russian Grand Prix weekend, where he started 19th, and showed an encouraging pace as he climbed up in the points order, before a bad strategy call when the rain arrived at the end of the race, saw him finish 15th. The rhythm was there, however.
Sainz received the upgraded power unit in the next race in Turkey, also started 19th and finished in a solid eighth place after making some entertaining passes as he crossed the grid; its performance confirming the improvement promised by the new Ferrari powertrain.
Binotto spoke on the official Formula 1 website about the improved unit and the performance benefits it offered to the team and its drivers.
“It gives us a little advantage,” he said. “I don’t want to quantify it on the lap time because it depends on the track. It’s not just pure ICE power, it’s energy harvesting, so it’s a bit complex.
“But that definitely gives us an advantage,” Binotto repeated, and continued: “If I look so good at qualifying with Charles, it was the… fourth [fastest] chrono. If I look behind him it was very tight, and I’m pretty sure a few positions would have been lost without this spec.
The team boss pointed out that the decision to give his pilots the power upgrade was taken in view of 2022, as the team seeks to have a competitive power unit before the planned development freeze. (on the development of the power unit) does not become effective next year.
“As we said at the very beginning with Charles, when we presented [the new hybrid system] in Sochi, the first objective was to try to increase our experience in the perspective of 2022 ”, insisted Binotto.
“That’s why we brought it in as early as possible, trying to rush it, also taking risks, but this is all just a risk assessment.
“Obviously for us, it’s clear [that we need to] getting the mileage on track and doing our own experience before 2022 when the powertrains are frozen… For us that was the key and the reason [for the change], ”He explained.
Although third place in the constructors’ standings was not a priority for the Scuderia at the start of this season, as they focused on building a competitive car for 2022 under the new aero regulations, but at the As the season progressed, Maranello’s team were only 7.5 points behind. McLaren who is currently third. With six races to go, Ferrari are on the verge of usurping Woking’s outfit, which Binotto admits to be a realistic target now.
« [P3] is definitely a goal that we have already communicated to the team, ”he admitted. “I think everyone is okay with that.
“It would be great to finish third, hopes Binotto. “So yes, we intend to finish, or at least our goal is to finish third at the end of the season. “
Ferrari had a miserable 2020 season where they finished in sixth place in the constructors’ standings. They have shown some improvement this year, but the team are hoping 2022 will be the year they make their breakthrough, a year when the sport undergoes a major regulatory change.