After the disastrous 2020 season when Ferrari fell to 6th place in the Constructors’ Championship, Charles Leclerc finished in 6th place in the opening round with an impressive 4th place.
Teammate Carlos Sainz also ranked in the top 10 and finished 8th in the race, giving Ferrari the first double-point finish since last year’s Turkish Grand Prix.
But according to Binotto, an encouraging start does not mean that Ferrari is still in a position to fight for the podium.
Asked about Ferrari’s podium chance, Binotto said, “It’s still a long way to go, as the gap is still very clear compared to the big top rivals in the race, but it will depend on each track.” Said.
“We know we’re not doing much to develop the car because we’re focusing on 2022 from a design development perspective, and I’m sure it’s the same as any other competitor.
“But when I look at today’s race, I think there’s feedback from the driver, and I think the driver may start learning the car, know the limits of the car, and eventually deal with it or improve it. I think the next three or four races will first show what the true performance and potential of our car is compared to other races. “
A major factor in Ferrari’s struggle last year was poor engine performance, but tests have already shown that the team has made great strides in the lack of linear speed.
Binotto acknowledged that he was relieved to see the progress of the engine at the first Grand Prix weekend and believes that it will provide a solid foundation to help the team stay more calm and recover.
“We are certainly relieved that we can work in a better position. It’s very healthy for the team,” Binotto added.
“It was important for the team to work in good health, to be calm and positive, and that was important to me.
“So come here and see the car progress, which means the team is somehow calm and we can work in a better way.
“Engines, chassis, tires, tools, correlations, all of which were important to us, and basically that was important.
“How much have you achieved from improving the power unit? It’s hard to understand because it’s a relative relationship with the competitors. I don’t know the absolute value and other progress, but the whole package. I can only judge .. “
Binotto said the good news was that the team was able to confirm that the car was working as Ferrari expected, compared to data from factory simulations.
“I think there is a good correlation when it comes to comparing to simulation data compared to expectations. This was important to us,” he said.
“It was developed last year and is better than ever. So the car is performing as expected. I think I have some ideas, starting with this three-day winter test.
“We knew there was definitely a better car than last year compared to our competitors.”
Despite the progress of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the F1 podium is still far away
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/ferrari-f1-podium-still-far-away-despite-bahrain-gp-progress/6040948/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-ALL&utm_term=News&utm_content=www Despite the progress of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the F1 podium is still far away