Mattia Binotto (Ferrari): That was a big weakness / Formula 1

Mattia Binotto (Ferrari): That was a big weakness / Formula 1

Ferrari was fast enough at the Austrian Grand Prix to claim a one-two. Team boss Mattia Binotto says in which area the Italians have achieved great success.

Ferrari was undefeated at the Red Bull Ring: Charles Leclerc claimed his fifth GP victory at the Austrian Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz was on his way to second when he was stopped by an engine failure.

The victorious Leclerc then spoke of good tire management, but for Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto the key to victory in Styria was different: the new rear wing that the Italians introduced at the Canadian GP weekend.

Mattia Binotto after the Austrian GP: “It’s true that we had a problem compared to the Red Bull Racing in the first part of the season – they had a straight speed. The difference was especially surprising in those areas where the pilots are running DRS, i.e. they are allowed to stretch their hind wings. So we took that area into consideration during development.

“The result was a new wing in Montreal, which initially only Leclerc was in the car. Sainz also had a new rear wing from England, and I think it was clear from the high-speed tests that we had made great progress.”

According to Binotto, the Red Bull Racing cars are still faster: “RBR’s advantage has not disappeared, but the gap is smaller. Now we can show more of our power in the fast corners.”

“But it’s not just technology,” the Italian continues. “Leclerc and Sainz both did an exemplary job in Austria in terms of set-up and tire understanding. You drove at a very high level. So a big part of our good performance is down to him.”

Austrian GP, ​​Red Bull Ring

01. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, 1:24:24.312 h
02. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +1.532s
03. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +41.217
04. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +58.972
05. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +68.436
06. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1 lap
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +1 lap
08. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 lap
09. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +1 lap
10. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, +1 lap
11. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
12. Alexander Albon (T), Williams, +1 lap
13. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 lap
14. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
15. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1 lap
16. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 lap
17. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +lap
Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, engine failure
Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, damaged under body
Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, collision damage

Drivers’ Championship (after 11 of 22 races)

01. Verstappen 208 points
02. Leclerc 170
03. Persian 151
04. Sainz 133
05. Russell 128
06.Hamilton 109
07. Norris 64
08. Okon 52
09. Botta’s 46
10. Alonso 29
11. Magnussen 22
12. Ricciardo 17
13. Gas 16
14. Hag 15
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17.zhou 5
18. Alboni 3
19. Walk 3
20. Latifi 0
21. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Booth Builders Cup

01. Red Bull Racing 359 points
02. Ferrari 303
03.Mercedes 237
04. McLaren 81
05. Alpine 81
06. Alfa Romeo 51
08. Haas 34
08. AlphaTauri 27
09. Aston Martin 18
10. Williams 3