Ferrari looked in better shape at Monza, despite Max Verstappen’s victory. Mattia Binotto confirms that the F1-75 was in better shape than in Belgium and the Netherlands, and looks back on the progress made.
« If we look at the last three races, we haven’t been good enough » Binotto said. « We weren’t good in performance, and we weren’t good in race pace and degradation. »
« But here at Monza I think we took a step forward. It’s also clear if you look at the other cars behind us that we took a step forward in qualifying performance. »
“We had a great qualifying with both our drivers and I think in race pace there was a bit more degradation compared to Max, but compared to the other cars we had a good performance.
« Carlos had a fantastic race and from the back he was the one who made the most progress. He drove very well. He was quick at the end on the soft tyres. Overall I think if your car gives you the opportunity to start from 18th and potentially finish third, that’s a good performance. »
Red Bull « would have done the opposite » when it comes to strategy
Binotto still defends Ferrari’s strategy at Monza, and the decision to stop Leclerc: « I think Max was just faster. But when leading the race we saw that we had a bit more tire degradation than Max. Our strategy at that point was one stop, so without a car virtual safety, we would have stayed on track. »
« But the virtual safety car was there, we believed, I believe it was the right choice, we just decided to follow a different strategy with two stops. Just not to be on the same strategy as Max because we think it would have been faster. »
« Max and Red Bull were also ready for the pit stop, so they probably would have decided to do the opposite of Charles. We went in, they stayed out. We had two stops, they had one and Max was just more fast.
« I think I need a glass of red wine because it’s a very busy weekend. Lots of pressure. But still, our tifosi were there. It’s great to have their support and to see them really cheering us on every time Carlos overtook is always a good feeling. »