Team boss Mattia Binotto: ‘Ferrari a lot faster this year’

The Scuderia lacked a lot of speed last season. This had largely to do with the engine after the much-discussed saga surrounding the power source of 2019. Ferrari fiddled with the fuel supply at the time and reached a secret settlement with the motorsport federation FIA in early 2020.

“The biggest problem last year was our speed on the straights,” said Binotto during the team presentation in Maranello. The new car, the SF21, will not be shown to the public until March 10. “Not only the power, but also the drag was an issue. We worked hard on both the engine and the aerodynamics. If we look at our current data, we see that we have regained a lot of speed on the straights. ”

Mattia Binotto

Mattia Binotto

Binotto was quick to say that the significant gap with top teams such as Mercedes and Red Bull Racing has not been closed in a few months. Ferrari chairman John Elkann already stated that he would like to see the ‘will to win’ back in the famous racing stable. Although the same Elkann said last July that Ferrari will probably only be able to think of Grand Prix victories again from 2022, when the rules in Formula 1 are overhauled.

Last year, Charles Leclerc took the podium twice. Sebastian Vettel, who left for Aston Martin, made it to the podium once. The German has been replaced at Ferrari by Carlos Sainz, who came over from McLaren.

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