Despite the fact that the Ferrari drivers scored important points in the championship this Sunday at the Dutch Grand Prix, Mattia Binotto insists there is still a lot of work to do before her team are fighting for victories again.
Charles Leclerc’s fifth place and Carlos Sainz’s seventh at the Dutch Grand Prix this Sunday at Zandvoort allow Scuderia Ferrari to move up to third place in the constructors’ standings with now 11.5 points ahead of McLaren.
Well aware that Ferrari will not be fighting for victories in the immediate future, Binotto was keen to point out a solid race from his team this Sunday at Zandvoort, as Ferrari expected to encounter difficulties with the exploitation of tires, a bit like the French Grand Prix.
Indeed, the track conditions at Paul Ricard revealed a a weakness that Ferrari has been aware of for several years and which affects the performance of its car in high speed corners in which a large amount of energy is absorbed by the tires.
The engineers have worked a lot on this point since the French Grand Prix and the result obtained at Zandvoort this weekend on a track with fast inclined corners proves Binotto says that the team is moving in the right direction.
“It was a solid race from of the whole team, which allowed us to collect important points for the constructors classification. « said Mattia Binotto, director of Scuderia Ferrari.
» We knew that, on a very demanding track in terms of tire management, we could have found ourselves in a situation similar to the one we experienced at the French Grand Prix, but the team and the drivers worked a lot on this aspect. and the results of our efforts were therefore evident. «
» Of course, this is not a result to be really enthusiastic about and we are fully aware that there is still a long way to go to come back to the same level as those who are currently fighting for the victories. »
The next race is scheduled at Monza on Ferrari land. The Italian team was logically supposed to introduce an engine evolution at the Italian Grand Prix, but sporting director Laurent Mekies announced last week that Ferrari may still delay the introduction of this evolved engine (possibly in Turkey).
F1 2021 constructors ranking