Mattia Binotto does not see an error in the strategy chosen by the team for the Spaniard, attributing the poor performance to an excess of ambition
For Scuderia Ferrari overtaking Lando Norris in Portimao was perhaps impossible. This is Mattia Binotto’s explanation of the mistake made in Portimao, which irreparably compromised Carlos Sainz’s performance. The Spaniard, who started on a red tire, made a single pit stop, as per strategy, using the medium tires. Inevitably, however, his car has covered too many laps on the same compound, becoming the protagonist of a progressive deterioration.
For Carlos Sainz, at that point, hell began. The Ferrari driver had to manage the consequences due to the mistake made, trying to resist as much as possible to the various drivers who, however, passed him one after the other. Despite the effort, however, car number 55 was unable to enter the points, leaving a bad taste in both Carlos Sainz’s mouth and the team. A mistake that certainly could have been avoided, but that takes us back 11 years. We still remember what happened in Abu Dhabi back in 2010.
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Let’s retrace it together. In 2010 Fernando Alonso was at the wheel of the Ferrari car, with all the credentials to win the race… and the world championship. The Spaniard had an advantage of 8 points over Mark Webber and 15 over Sebastian Vettel. On that occasion, Ferrari made a double mistake: on the one hand, the team concentrated on marking Webber, convinced that he could be the main problem. On the other hand, the early pit stop.
The team literally lost focus on that occasion. He called Alonso to the pits, mounting a new compound and making him come out behind Petrov. At that point, the damage was done. For the Asturian it was impossible to overtake the other drivers and he saw an opportunity thrown to the wind that, until that moment, seemed within reach.
What happened on Sunday, good or bad, is very reminiscent of this episode. Although according to Mattia Binotto it was an excess of ambition: ” In the first stint, Carlos was on the same times as Norris … even faster, in some points “, declared the team principal. “ So, we tried to undercut, but it didn’t work . He had to attack a lot and that didn’t pay off. But more than a strategic error, it was an excess of ambition. We couldn’t get past Norris.” – the Ferrari boss explained.