Ferrari had a nightmare race on Sunday in Paul Ricard despite being the fastest team at the French Grand Prix. The Scuderia had a good start to the weekend as they led the practice sessions. Charles Leclerc clinched the pole position during qualifying. The Monegasque led the race ahead of Max Verstappen and managed to hold off the Dutchman’s early attack. However, the Ferrari driver lost the rear of his car during lap 18 and crashed into the barriers, ending all hopes of a race win in France. Leclerc was extremely frustrated by the incident and took full responsibility for the mistake.
On the other hand, Carlos Sainz had to take an engine penalty and started at P19 on Sunday. The Spaniard was the fastest driver as he started the race on mediums and managed to get to P3. However, Ferrari called Sainz for a late pit stop with just ten laps to go after he had overtaken Perez. The move came as a surprise to everyone as Carlos joined the race at P9 after taking a five-second penalty for unsafe release and could only manage to recover till P5. Thus, Ferrari took home only 11 points in comparison to Red Bull’s 37 and Mercedes’ 33 points.
Binotto Claims Ferrari Need A One-Two Finish In Hungary
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto recently opened up about his team’s disappointing run in France and how they plan on getting back into the championship battle. The Italian engineer reckoned that his team required a one-two finish in Hungary to get right back in the title contention. Binotto said that he was not aware of his team’s gap to Red Bull or Max as he was not looking into it. The Ferrari boss claimed his team was focused on getting maximum results from every single race. And he was disappointed that it did not happen in Paul Ricard.
Mattia further pointed out that Ferrari’s approach was to keep improving and learning with each outing. Also, his team proved on Sunday that they have a fast and competitive car. The 52-year-old added, “I think we are simply looking to Hungary. We need to turn the page and look to Hungary and do a one-two there.”
Mattia added that their car is great, gentle with tyre management, and the drivers are doing a great job as well. Binotto was also quite confident about Ferrari’s La Castellet package, speed, and drivers’ capabilities. Although the Ferrari boss shared his team needed to turn the page as the next race in Hungary was in seven days.
Hungary would have similarly hot conditions as France. Hence, tyre management, degradation, and overheating would be crucial factors during the next weekend. Mattiastated that his team had plenty of reasons to smile and be positive. The Italian team aims not just for a win, but one-two finishes in Hungary.