Sainz brings much-needed fresh air to Ferrari - Binotto

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says Carlos Sainz's arrival at the squad for the 2021 Formula 1 season has brought a sense of “fresh air” he feels it required.

Sainz brings much-needed fresh air to Ferrari - Binotto
Listen to this article

Sainz has joined Ferrari after racing for McLaren for the last two F1 seasons and races alongside Charles Leclerc as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 about how well Sainz had integrated into Ferrari since the start of 2021, which in included just 1.5 days of running in the team’s SF21 challenger during the reduced pre-season testing this year, Binotto said it had gone “very well, very positively surprised.

“We knew that he was a strong driver - he would be fast, fast as well on the long stints," he added.

“Bringing some experience because now, even if he's very young, he's an experienced driver in F1.

“But I think it's going very well with Charles, going very well with his team - he has integrated well, [there is] a very positive mood.

“And I think it's fresh air and sometimes fresh air is required, is what we are looking for. And in that respect [we're] very happy.”

Read Also:

Sainz had several off-track moments during his testing time in the SF21 at the Bahrain track earlier this month.

When asked what was behind those moments and how much the windy conditions impacted on Ferrari’s package by Motorsport.com, Sainz replied: “It’s a very common driver excuse now to say that pretty much every crash or every moment we have is wind dependent.

“But it is actually really difficult out there with these cars with the wind.

“It’s very difficult to explain to you guys what we feel in the car, but the changes in grip and balance there is depending on 5-10km/h gust of wind that can catch you out is huge.

“And we are out there trying to push the limits of the car – particularly me, I don’t know where that limit is.

“I’m trying to expose that limit to try and see how car behaves in those extreme conditions.

“And yeah, I did a couple of mistakes that I was happy to make and willing to make, it was also the plan of the test.

“Coming back to the question, wind makes a huge difference and it’s quite tricky to handle all the time.”

shares
comments

Related video

Bahrain GP practice as it happened
Previous article

Bahrain GP practice as it happened

Next article

Red Bull went through "painful" redundancies to meet cost cap

Red Bull went through "painful" redundancies to meet cost cap
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Prime

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Prime

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best from Esteban Ocon Prime

The physical focus bringing out the best from Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s teammate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy Prime

How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Prime

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Prime

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second-best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot.

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Prime

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a close at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the battle for second in the standings was decided, the wins in a season record extended and a retiring four-time world champion bowed out on a high. Here's how we rated the drivers

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022