Binotto: Being in clean air critical to showing Ferrari F1 form

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto believes his team has cured most of its tyre problems, but admits his cars need clean air to be able to show its true pace.

Binotto: Being in clean air critical to showing Ferrari F1 form
Listen to this article

Ferrari has shown flashes of speed during the 2021 F1 season, with Charles Leclerc's two poles in Monaco and Azerbaijan particularly highlighting the Scuderia's one-lap pace.

But on Sundays Ferrari has often been held back by tyre issues, its rubber overheating as it tried to keep pace with its competitors in the pack.

After a poor French Grand Prix out of the points, the team managed to outscore McLaren in Styria and again at last weekend's British Grand Prix, suggesting the Italian squad has at least partially got on top of its most critical issue.

At Silverstone, Leclerc led most of the race following the high-profile clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, but ultimately had to settle for second behind the resurgent Hamilton.

After analysing Ferrari's upturn in performance in Britain, team boss Binotto explained the opportunity to run in clear air has been the most crucial difference with previous races.

"I think if you look at the Austria comparisons, [Lando] Norris has been on the podium doing a fantastic race," Binotto said on Sunday night. "But if we analyse his race pace in Austria was very similar to ours but we were simply stuck in the traffic. And I think being ahead from the start of the race is key somehow.

"Here Charles was ahead and in front, and we could do our own pace. If you compare our two drivers, one of the two is stuck behind them and the other, they have clean air.

"When Carlos was in clean air he had the pace of Charles. So, I think that's not our pace.

"I still think in front of us Lewis and Max have great speed. But I think we have recovered since France and that's the most important."

Read Also:

Leclerc being out in front for most of the race did appear to help mitigate any tyre issues the team still faces, but Binotto added that even in traffic the SF21's performance has improved after curing the front tyre problems that plagued Ferrari at Paul Ricard.

"After France where we had front tyre problems, I think that the team regrouped, worked on it, and somehow understood the weaknesses and somehow tried to address it," he explained.

"Now two races in a row that we had got good pace in the race, which has been our weakness as well at the start of this season, showing that as a team we were progressing and that is what I am more pleased about, which is certainly more important, as well for the second part of the season now.

"After 10 races, you've got 17 points more than what we had at the end of last season. As a team [we are] showing that certainly the progress is a lot."

shares
comments

Related video

Alonso has "spicy" idea to lift F1 qualifying
Previous article

Alonso has "spicy" idea to lift F1 qualifying

Next article

Horner stands by criticism of Mercedes British GP celebrations

Horner stands by criticism of Mercedes British GP celebrations
Load comments
The historic clues that offer hints of Hamilton’s next move Prime

The historic clues that offer hints of Hamilton’s next move

OPINION: Uncertainty over Lewis Hamilton's future has persisted since the race direction call that denied him an eighth world title in Abu Dhabi last month. But while walking away would be understandable, Hamilton has time and again responded well in the face of adversity and possesses all the tools needed to bounce back stronger than ever

What the FIA must do to restore F1's credibility Prime

What the FIA must do to restore F1's credibility

OPINION: The first stage of the 2022 Formula 1 pre-season is just over a month away, but the championship is still reeling from the controversial results of last year’s finale. The FIA acknowledges F1 has had its reputation dented as a result, so here’s how it could go about putting things right

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2022
The six subplots to watch in 2022 as a new F1 era begins Prime

The six subplots to watch in 2022 as a new F1 era begins

As Formula 1 prepares to begin a new era of technical regulations in 2022, We pick out six other key elements to follow this season

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2022
Why newly-retired Kimi Raikkonen won't miss F1 Prime

Why newly-retired Kimi Raikkonen won't miss F1

After 349 grand prix starts, 46 fastest laps, 21 wins and one world championship, Kimi Raikkonen has finally called time on his F1 career. In an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com on the eve of his final race, he explains his loathing of paddock politics and reflects on how motorsport has changed over the past two decades.

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2022
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up Prime

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. We break down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Formula 1
Jan 21, 2022
Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems Prime

Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway, but instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Prime

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022