A few weeks ago, an interview given to the BBC by Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto, had sparked many discussions, as the Ferrari boss had explained that the goal for the 2022 Formula 1 season was to once again be competitive and be able to challenge for race wins, while winning the title was “something else”.
These statements are absolutely in line with what was said at the presentation of the F1-75, which obviously had as its first objective that of consistently returning to fight for pole positions and victories, after two very difficult seasons for Ferrari. Mattia Binotto then had to explain his own statements, specifying how necessary it is to distinguish between “objectives and ambitions”, and that clearly no one in the team will back down if the competitiveness and consistency of the F1-75 should lead it to contending for the title.
At the summer break, however, due to the well-known issues in terms of reliability and strategies, alongside a few mistakes from the drivers, Scuderia Ferrari is definitely far behind Red Bull. This aspect has created quite a few discontent among the fans, who are probably aware that Ferrari has the best car in many years, as well as a strong driver line-up.
Charles Leclerc, in an interview for BBC, was asked about the goals set by Mattia Binotto and those that the Monegasque sets for himself: “When you start the season, it is natural to set goals. But as a driver, you obviously have to be optimistic. I understand Mattia, who must be realistic and rational when he speaks, but I have my own personal goals. And in all the F1 seasons that I have completed I assure you that they have not always been realistic, but it is my way of approaching things. In 2020 or 2021, even if the car was not at this level, I always thought I could win races and I did everything to achieve this. Winning is what motivates me from morning to night. But I clearly understand Mattia’s goals“. – Charles Leclerc explained.
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The 25-year-old from Monaco then explained what driving for the Maranello team means for him: “Ferrari is incredible, it’s a dream that has come true for me. I was born in Monaco, where Formula 1 is very important, and when I saw races, I always followed the red cars, even before I knew their name was Scuderia Ferrari. I do not know why. I then spent all my years in karting in Italy and everyone talks about Ferrari there. Being part of the team has always been a dream for me. I have always had a special bond with the Italians, because racing there since I was a child has led me to know them very well. There is something special in Ferrari and I feel very close to the team and I love having this kind of connection with them.” – Charles Leclerc concluded.
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