Ferrari in Turkey showed clear signs of recovery with the introduction also on Carlos Sainz’s SF21 of the new hybrid system mounted on the Spaniard’s 4 engine, after the new unit had been supplied to Charles Leclerc in Russia.
Mattia Binotto, usually sparing in comments on technical solutions, is more willing to give some interesting information …
“At the design level, I believe that the hybrid part is very advanced and I feel no less than our competition. I don’t think we are the best, but I believe that today we have made a leap that allows us to be competitive in the hybrid area as well. “
You have recovered 10 points for McLaren in the Constructors’ World Championship, can you aim for third place among the teams?
“At this point of the season it is clear that we have a package to fight for that position and I think it is also important for the team to focus on it as a goal for the races that are left and we want to achieve it.”
But what is the new hybrid system worth?
“For us it represents an important technological change. It is by design, because all the components are new, from the battery to the electric motors, to the power unit. In addition to being a different project, there is also a new production technology, with a strong discontinuity with the one we have always used “.
Mattia Binotto, Ferrari Team Principal: he was not present in the Istanbul paddock.
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There is a leap in performance, but always talk about the importance of gaining experience for 2022 …
“It is clear that experience can be gained on the bench and a solution is brought to the track when it is believed that the development carried out leads to a level of reliability that is adequate and sufficient. But the track is always a different test bed for the vibrations that may exist, for the uses that can be made of it. So adding the work on the track in view of 2022 we consider it important, a priority ”.
“What we saw on the bench we found on the track and I have no doubts about this. When I talk about experience, I mean that at the end of the season we will have collected a series of data that will allow us to evaluate the system in the various particular race situations: I am referring to starts, safety cars, overheating. There are many situations that we try to reproduce on the bench, but there is nothing better than the track to understand ”.
Which track will be best suited to Ferrari’s characteristics between now and the end of the world championship?
“Mexico is perhaps the path that on paper could favor our package a little more …”.
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF21
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