Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto remained at Maranello while the Formula 1 circus raced in Turkey last weekend and the Ferrari boss is set to skip more events in the final part of the 2021 championship.
“I will also miss the grands prix in Mexico and Brazil” – Mattia Binotto confirmed, in a recent interview for Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera – “We are in a key phase of the 2022 project.”
Indeed, with his deputy Laurent Mekies leading the team during the Istanbul weekend, Mattia Binotto was able to focus on the introduction of a key 2022-spec engine upgrade that he says proved a success in both SF21 cars.
Charles Leclerc, who was the first to get the new power unit at Sochi Autodrom, denied that the upgrade has proved to him that he was right to commit long-term to Ferrari.
“I have never had any doubts about the team,” he told Sky Italia – “After 2020, which was a difficult year, we started working in the right direction,” the Monaco-born driver added. There are no miracles in Formula 1, and everyone is working to improve, but I have the impression that Ferrari is growing more than the other teams.” – he explained.
And Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc agrees with his boss that for the Maranello team the most important aspect is to be fully prepared for the all-new regulations: “In these six races we will certainly work hard to start the new era of Formula 1 in the best possible way. I’m focused on doing well with Ferrari so I’m not too interested in whether Hamilton or Verstappen wins the title.|
Laurent Mekies, who substituted for the absent Mattia Binotto in Turkey, is also happy with Ferrari’s progress: “We had a really fast car in Turkey. We came really close to Red Bull and Mercedes in terms of laptimes and we would like to overtake McLaren for third in the championship. And with this speed, we will be able to do that.” – the Ferrari Sporting Director concluded.