Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said he was important to Charles Leclerc « to attack and collect pointsafter losing a lot of ground to title rival Max Verstappen.
The last four races have been particularly painful for Ferrari: Leclerc retired twice due to a reliability problem. He went from first to fourth place in Monaco due to a bad strategy and had to change engines in Canada (so he had to start at the back of the grid because of multiple penalties).
The Monegasque is now 49 points behind Verstappen, but with four races in July and a new engine, Mattia Binotto is confident his driver can make up for lost ground before the summer break.
» This is [le changement de moteur] something we decided very quickly after Baku. It was something he had been aware of for several days, so he had time to digest and be prepared for the race weekend. »explains Binotto.
“He was focused on his weekend knowing he would have to start from the back of the grid for the race.
« So even his Friday and Saturday schedules were geared towards racing with lots of fuel so he was ready for the race itself. »
« It’s certainly a very frustrating situation for a driver. His race required a lot of patience from him. »
« Sometimes you would like to overtake but you can’t, maybe because there is a DRS train or the tires are worn out. »
« But he limited the damage. To finish fifth after starting from the back is always a good race result. »
« Now he has a new power unit for the next races. »
« We have four races until the summer break and they will be important for him. He will attack and recover some points if he can, » concluded Mattia Binotto.
Leclerc – Teams are responsible for porpoising, not the FIA
The FIA has introduced a new technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, intended to eradicate porpoising.
This directive was met with lukewarm reception in the paddock, although Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton both suffered physical injuries from rebounding in Azerbaijan.
« I don’t completely agree [avec l’intervention]for my part« said Leclerc.
« I felt like it’s the team’s responsibility to give me a car that’s okay to drive. So far I haven’t had any particular issues with it. »
« Yes, it’s stiffer than last year’s car. But I don’t think it’s impossible to drive or very harsh for me, at least personally. So on our end, we have found solutions to improve it », concluded Charles Leclerc.