One minute away from victory: a disappointing outcome for Scuderia Ferrari at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, as the Maranello team seems to be back in 2021.
In the Mexico City Grand Prix, the F1-75 car was not competitive either in qualifying or in the race, and the fans are asking for explanations, even if there is not much to fight for in the world championship standings. Explanations that Mattia Binotto does not have. The Maranello team principal does not believe that there is just a single reason for the lack of pace this weekend and it is perhaps the worst thing possible, because it means that little or nothing worked on an F1-75 car that suffered with the engine and in terms of tyre management, but also with the traction, which was once the strong point of the car.
“At the moment we don’t have any explanations. It was a difficult weekend in qualifying, even more so today. What had been seen on Saturday was seen once again. A difficult race for us, everything has to be analyzed. Obviously it’s not what we want to see on the track, but these races will help us understand the limits and what to focus on” – the Ferrari team principal told Sky Sport F1 immediately after the Mexican Grand Prix
“Starting with the soft tyres was the fastest strategy, we were convinced, but even with mediums or hards, nothing would have changed for us. We didn’t have the speed and pace. What was the problem? We certainly didn’t prepare the race well, but we didn’t suffer in a specific area. We had problems with the power unit all weekend but also with the car, I think we lacked traction and from a balance point of view. I think the drivers struggled with handling the car, we will hear from them in a meeting. At this time there is no single and certain answer, there are many factors.” – Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto concluded after Carlos Sainz finished the Mexican Grand Prix in fifth place, ahead of his Maranello teammate, but far behind the top four.
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