Ferrari group principal Mattia Binotto says even he has been shocked by the group’s efficiency within the opening phases of the 2022 season.
After two races, Ferrari have taken 78 factors from a complete of 88 out there and each Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc have been on the rostrum twice.
The change in kind comes after years within the doldrums because the previous race winners had been compelled to observe Crimson Bull and Mercedes scrap it out up entrance whereas they languished within the midfield.
The 2022 rules allowed for a change of tactic and never solely is the Ferrari automobile performing but in addition the Ferrari engine, with groups like Haas exceeding pre-season expectations.
Ferrari’s efficiency in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain has largely been dominant with solely Crimson Bull in a position to hold tempo. Crew principal Binotto admitted even he didn’t anticipate such a efficiency.
“I can say in abstract we’ve collected 78 factors out of 88 out there – we’ve scored extra factors than Crimson Bull and Mercedes mixed!” he informed motorsport.com.
“I feel we did properly proving we’re at all times aggressive.
“The credit score goes to a group that in three lengthy weeks (we left for testing in Bahrain, then we stayed in Sakhir for the race after which moved to Jeddah) did a really strong job – the automobile labored, but in addition the pit-stops, the mechanics. Briefly, the methods and engineering had been of a excessive stage. So I’m very glad as a result of we’ve collected a lot, past all expectations.”
Binotto shouldn’t be writing off the competitors simply but although and believes there may be extra to come back from Crimson Bull, particularly when it comes to aerodynamics. He did, nonetheless, garbage any rumours Honda had developed a ‘super-engine’ just like the 2019 Ferrari one.
“Truthfully, I feel they’re totally different conditions as a result of I imagine there are totally different decisions within the Crimson Bull wing configurations, so it appears clear to me it was an aerodynamic subject,” he stated.
“It’s true they’ve a really excessive pace and perhaps we’re additionally seeking to see if they’ve any aero-elasticity of their wings, however these are the same old analyses we do.”
The 52-year-old additionally commented that the brand new 18-inch tyres had been extra manageable and predictable than in earlier years.
“Our technique concerned a cease, going from medium to laborious tyres,” stated Binotto. “We deliberate to cease on lap 14 and we acquired kind of there (lap 16). The tyres behaved kind of as we anticipated.
“It’s true the laborious ones have had little or no degradation whereas we anticipated a bit of extra, hoping to have a small benefit over Crimson Bull which then [we] didn’t, however now we’ve constant and predictable tyres.
“They’re positively higher than final 12 months and their administration is extra rapid.”
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