If you start as third force and finish fourth, it can fit in the end. But if you start as a third force and close in fourth place despite the episodes ousting three quarters of those in front of you, then there are regrets. For the Ferrari the weekend in Hungary was marked by regret, for the spin of Carlos Sainz on Saturday and the accident at the start involving Charles Leclerc. And in the words of team principal Mattia Binotto the concept is perfectly expressed.
“Today I’m ‘disappointed’, I say that in English. It started raining just before the race. We knew that today was a great opportunity for us and we were also creating it. Charles started cautiously and found himself in second-third position, at that moment he had made the curve and had a clear road. Then he was literally rammed by Stroll, who did not know where he had come from and had no control over his car. Sorry because it would have been important points for him too. The occasion was greedy. With Carlos we started from the pit lane to change the tires, it was the right choice; we made a very good pit stop under two seconds, then we stopped because we know it’s dangerous in the pit lane with all that traffic. With the unsafe release there are clear rules, but none of the others respected them, they returned without looking at who was arriving“, He told Sky Sport F1. “Also for Carlos it could have been a different race, he could have been behind the two leaders, instead he was bottled up for most of the race. In general, Carlos did some good first laps, but we are happy with his race anyway. Coming to the bottom in the end it was more of a missed opportunitybut not for our lack. Too bad such a result“.
“Penalties to Stroll (five positions on the grid at the next Grand Prix, ed)? Before that, I comment on the maneuver. That is a maneuver that makes no sense to a professional driver, point. I would have liked to see what Charles could do today, the race pace with the medium was good. We are showing progress on the pace, confirmation came today. In general, we had a solid weekend, despite a less than perfect qualification. Now the first part of the season is gone, we stop for a couple of weeks. We look forward to the second half of 2021 with optimism and desire to do well“.