According to Mattia Binotto, director of Scuderia Ferrari, there is « nothing to change » within the team despite the poor performances and the many strategic errors.
Although Ferrari have claimed eight pole positions since the start of the season, double the tally of Red Bull, it is the Austrian team that has crossed the finish line in first position the most times, nine times against four for Ferrari. It is therefore not surprising that the brand with the red bull dominates the two championships quite clearly.
Ferrari’s latest hiccup, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, saw Charles Leclerc lose all hope of victory when his team put him on hard tyres, which did not prove to perform. The Scuderia were the only team at the top of the table to use white tyres, Red Bull and Mercedes having opted for stints on soft and medium tyres.
The poor decisions made by Ferrari at the Hungarian GP are just a few more lines on the long list of mistakes made by the Prancing Horse this year. The summer break could allow the Italian side to change their approach and the way they compose their strategies, however Mattia Binotto disputed any need for a change at Maranello.
« It’s not a matter of bad luck and there’s nothing to change either. It’s always a matter of continuous learning and reinforcement: reinforcing the experience, reinforcing the skills »estimated the team principal.
« There is definitely something [en course] that must be examined and understood. But if I look at the balance of the first half of the season, there is no reason for us to change. I think we just have to deal with what went wrong [en course]. We must understand it, respond to it and become as efficient again [que lors des courses précédentes]. »
Ferrari drivers lose ground against Red Bull.
If Binotto claimed that Ferrari did not have the car to win in Hungary, whatever the strategy, the choice of hard tires left Leclerc speechless. After the race, the Monegasque was upset, explaining that his feelings with the medium tires had not been taken into account.
« I don’t have the explanation for the moment, I don’t really know what to say either »he had commented on Canal +. « I was asked the question [pour les pneus durs] : the mids were really good, we were pretty quick on the mids, they were still pretty new, I was confident and I said it on the radio. »
With nine races remaining, Leclerc trails Max Verstappen by 80 points in the drivers’ championship. On the evening of the British Grand Prix, three races before, this outlay was 34 points. The slope to climb back is steep, however Binotto is certain that the rest granted by the four-week break will help Leclerc to put the knife between the teeth again.
« [Leclerc] tries to rest and relax to come back even hungrier and, as a leader, to continue to strengthen the team and to strengthen himself, little by little, and to see each race as a chance for victory »added Binotto. « We win and we lose together. [Le GP de Hongrie] wasn’t great but I think there’s still a lot of potential. We must first focus on understanding the reasons [de la mauvaise performance en Hongrie]find an answer and come back even stronger. »
With Luke Smith