While Ferrari has been reported since the start of the season by a significant number of engine failures, Mattia Binotto confirmed that the idea has been to focus more on performance than reliability.
If Ferrari and its drivers are left behind, it is largely due to questionable engine reliability. Charles Leclerc had to retire for this reason when he was in the lead in Spain and then in Azerbaijan. Carlos Sainz Jr, meanwhile, notably saw a second-place finish in Austria behind his team-mate slip away. » I don’t think we pushed too hard on performance, because you can never push performance enough, but we definitely prioritized performance over reliability. “, admitted on this subject the director of the Scuderia Ferrari Mattia Binotto in remarks collected by the British magazine Motorsport. The Swiss leader admits his team have “pushed the limits on performance beyond what would have been a normal reliability plan”. However, a reason has been advanced to justify this daring choice. “We knew it would be important to catch up on the competition before the four-season freeze-up arrived, being aware that reliability issues can always be resolved later « , he added.
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For Binotto, these are « the typical contingencies of a new project »
However, Mattia Binotto rejects the idea that the Maranello team started the 2022 season with a single-seater whose reliability fell short of expectations. Nevertheless, the former boss of the Italian firm’s engine department concedes that Ferrari did not start the year in « an ideal situation ». Stating that he is « not totally surprised » by the unreliability of the Ferrari engine, Mattia Binotto claimed that theThe concerns known by its pilots « are the typical contingencies of a new project, and they must be taken into account ». If most of the engine is frozen until the end of the 2025 season and the arrival of a new regulatory cycle, Ferrari intends to use all the possibilities allowed by the regulations to develop its engine, in particular with regard to energy recovery systems. A new version of these is planned for the resumption of the championship at the end of Augustwhile the FIA authorizes modifications until September 1, the deadline for the homologation of these parts.