Scuderia Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto refused to analyze Charles Leclerc’s disappointing results at the Hungarian Grand Prix won by Max Verstappen Sunday as a strategy error, on tire management. For him, the explanation would come from the overall performance of the car.
On explaining Ferrari’s results
“We are disappointed. We expected a better result. Today the car did not perform as expected. If you look at the times of Friday’s race simulations, we had an advantage over everyone. Today the conditions were much colder and the car did not run no matter what tires were used, yellows, reds or whites. It’s true that the (hard) whites really didn’t work on Charles (Leclerc). The reason must be analyzed in the car itself, in its performance today. »
Why Leclerc didn’t stay with the mediums
“The Alpines had difficulties with the hards. We expected two laps of warm-up (warm-up) with the hard, that they would have been slower than the medium for ten laps and at the end of the race, that would have been an advantage. Over 30 laps, that might have been the right choice. Our simulations said white would work better than that. »
On the gap to the championship
“We all lose and we win together. Sometimes you can make mistakes on one side or the other. More important is to analyze, understand and improve. There are nine races left. We can try to have lots of victories, the Constructors’ Championship is important. We have to improve, even in view of the next seasons. »