Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto, happy with Charles Leclerc’s win but disappointed with Carlos Sainz’s retirement, so the satisfaction at the end of the Austrian weekend cannot be called complete†
Q: Congratulations! It seems that Ferrari’s victories can be compared to buses: sometimes you have to wait a long time for them to come two in a row!
Mattia Binotto: Of course we are very happy as the Scuderia has really taken its second win in a row – first at Silverstone and now here in Austria, at Red Bull’s home circuit. It’s very important for us to come back after several failed races because we understand we have potential.
Overall we are very happy with the win, although the retirement of Carlos Sainz is obviously upset. Without this, Sunday’s results would have been even better.
Q: Looks like the rubber on your machines isn’t as severely corroded as Red Bull…
Mattia Binotto: To be honest, it’s hard for me to judge what problems others had, but yesterday we analyzed the information gathered during the sprint and tried to get the right balance between cars in today’s race so that riders be able to work effectively with rubber.
Both Carlos and Charles have successfully addressed this by putting pressure on Max Verstappen and letting him go as fast as possible so that his tires wear out faster. Looks like we made it.
Q: Apparently you had to be nervous in the last laps: can you explain what kind of problems Charles had with the accelerator?
Mattia Binotto: I honestly don’t know yet. I am aware of his problems, we have seen it on telemetry, but we have to analyze everything, check the car and then we will see if it was a mechanical problem, or if the reasons were something else.
Source: F1 News
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