Before the start of the Championship many had bet that between them would be sparks from start to finish, but so far between Charles Leclerc is Carlos Sainz Mutual respect and esteem have never failed. All in the name of a team spirit which, at the end of the Austrian Grand Prix, Mattia Binotto he wanted to underline as a sign of a common goal that inside the box Ferrari it goes beyond the performance of the individual driver. The Prancing Horse team principal, in particular, after the race at the Red Bull Ring spent words of esteem and praise towards Leclerc, who in the final stages of the race showed no reluctance to give way to his teammate, who returned on the track after him with the right tires to attempt the assault on Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren.
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“I think it is very important to underline the team spirit shown by our riders – said Binotto in reference to the exchange of positions between the two Ferrari drivers which took place on the 65th lap of the Austrian Grand Prix -. Charles did not hesitate even for a moment in giving Carlos a free rein, who had fresher tires and was therefore faster than him. In this way – the number one of the wall of the Maranello stable continued – we were able to get the best possible result for the team. This is the spirit that must animate our work for the rest of the season “. With the eighth place of Leclerc and the fifth place of Sainz, overtaken by one position in the final classification due to the 10-second penalty suffered by Sergio Perez, Ferrari earned 14 points in the Constructors’ ranking, where after nine races it is fourth with 122 points, 19 points behind McLaren.
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In Austria, according to Binotto, the Cavallino could have collected even more points if Perez with a couple of maneuvers at curves 4 and 6 then judged incorrect by the race marshals had not created problems for Leclerc. “For Charles it was a real shame – concluded the manager born in Lausanne -. I am sure that if he had not found it difficult to overtake Perez he would have had a much better chance of getting a better result. Nothing strange, however, this is also part of the game “.