Mattia Binotto confirmed that the power plant problem in Carlos Sainz’s car that led to the Spaniard’s retirement at Spielberg is very similar to the one that prevented Charles Leclerc from finishing in Baku. The head of Ferrari fears a repeat of retirements in the following races, as the team needs time to solve the problem.
Mattia Binotto: “Apparently Carlos had something similar to what we’ve already seen on the podium in Azerbaijan. We at Maranello are working hard to find a solution.
The upcoming races are a cause for concern given these issues. In the medium term, however, there is no need to worry as I have no doubt that the team will figure everything out.
We have a very powerful engine, which gives me hope for the future, but it takes time to solve the problem. New components must be designed, manufactured and tested for reliability. A few weeks are not enough for this. In the short term, we will try to improve the situation by controlling the distance traveled.”
After eleven races of the season, Charles Leclerc is 38 points behind Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings and Ferrari is 56 points behind Red Bull Racing in the constructors’ championship. Binotto believes that nothing is lost in the battle for the title.
“Of course we continue to believe that we have a chance in both championships,” said the Ferrari head. – Our car was competitive in all races and we look forward to the next stages with confidence. We have a strong team from all points of view: technically, from the riders point of view and working on pit stops.
Source: F1 News
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