Ferrari ‘not managing the championship’, insists Binotto

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Ferrari ‘not managing the championship’, insists Binotto

Regardless of Charles Leclerc rising as the driving force to beat within the early rounds of this season, Mattia Binotto says Ferrari are “not managing” the championship as it is just three races in.

After two seasons with out a single grand prix win, Leclerc has bagged two in three races to present Ferrari the lead in each championships.

The Monégasque driver is sitting on 71 factors, 34 forward of George Russell, with Ferrari 49 forward of Mercedes within the Constructors’ Championship.

It’s the first time since 2018 Ferrari have discovered themselves main the standings.

That 12 months, Sebastian Vettel was forward of Lewis Hamilton after 10 rounds solely to lose the Drivers’ title 9 races later when the Mercedes man took an unassailable lead. Mercedes additionally gained the groups’ trophy.

With that in thoughts, Binotto has refuted solutions Ferrari are ready to “handle” the title race.

“We aren’t managing the championship,” mentioned the Italian. “It’s solely three races. We keep centered on each single race and that’s the method we’ll strategy.

“That one was nice. In all reality, to do weekend and to win that you must be excellent.

“That was the case in Bahrain as a result of it was all the time very tight. We weren’t excellent in Jeddah and we misplaced. Right here, once more now we have had an amazing weekend and that’s how we have to strategy it.”

Sunday’s win was Leclerc’s most dominant of the season so far, the driving force taking the grand slam with pole place, quickest lap and the race win with each lap led.

He by no means as soon as relinquished the lead even when he got here in for his one pit-stop of the race and took the chequered flag by 20 seconds forward of Sergio Perez.

“We’re blissful as a result of a victory is all the time good,” mentioned Binotto. “Initially of the season, the automobile and the drivers are proving to be very aggressive.

“We wish to concentrate on ourselves and strategy every race as a brand new race. To win, it’s a must to do every part proper.

“To do effectively in tough situations, like right here in Australia, is all the time an amazing satisfaction. The credit score goes to the group – all of us labored by staying united and making an attempt to lift the bar, and the fruit of the work reveals.”

 

Subsequent up on the calendar is the primary of Ferrari’s two dwelling races, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Italy’s Imola circuit.

“We will’t wait to get there, on this second of type and in entrance of our followers,” added the workforce boss. “The hope is to have the ability to rejoice this second with them. We’ll face it making an attempt to present our greatest.

“I’ve nice reminiscences linked to the monitor – we are able to’t wait.”

 

 

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