After a failed 2020 season, Ferrari wants to restore its image. Mattia Binotto, the boss of the Italian team which will be led by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr, has revealed his ambitions for this year.
Ferrari had a long journey through the desert in the last Formula 1 exercise. In the constructors’ standings, the Italian team finished in sixth place, their worst result in 40 years. “It was very difficult for all of us, for me too, even more than expected. It’s the worst season since 1980, ”regretted Scuderia Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto in an interview with the official Formula 1 website. The red single-seaters driven by Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, now a driver for Aston Martin (ex-Racing Point), have not won over the past year for the first time since 2016. Worse, Ferrari has only finished on the podium three times in 2020, against 19 in 2019 and 24 in 2018. A flagrant drop in power that Binotto saw coming even before the start of the season.
Aim for the podium in the constructors’ ranking
“We knew last winter that the car was ultimately not as efficient as we expected. We realized very quickly during winter testing that the car wouldn’t be fast enough, he added, determined to turn the page and show a better face in 2021. We’re obviously sorry for our fans but I’m pretty sure that this year will make us stronger for the future. »Charles Leclerc, who will start his third exercise in a red suit, and Carlos Sainz Jr, who arrived from McLaren, will have to restore the image of the Maranello team this year. Binotto has set the goal of finishing in the Top 3 of the constructors’ standings at the end of the season, even though the competition will be tough. “Finishing third will be difficult because there are teams like Aston Martin which I’m sure will be very strong next year. I think McLaren will be very strong again. I still believe that as a team, the minimum objective is to try to reach it (3rd place, editor’s note), ”he said. See you in Bahrain on March 28 for a first assessment.