The team principal Mattia Binotto underlined the positive aspects of the Losail weekend, from the skill of the mechanics in changing the chassis of Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari in time to avoid the risk of a start from the pit lane, to the management of the tires that did not see the SF21 run into in punctures as happened for example to Lando Norris, forced to make an extra stop that allowed Ferrari to continue the break in the constructors’ standings in the fight with McLaren for third place. At the same time, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are now in Norris ‘exhaust in the drivers’ standings. However, an unedifying order of arrival remains in Qatar, with the Reds behind the Alpines and also Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin.
“In the desert we struggled to spot the red spots on the horizon, permanently away from the spotlights. Ferrari: below expectations, while consolidating third place among the teams. But, in short, we still look forward to a comforting and joyful Sunday a bit like what happened to McLaren in Monza, Alpine, yesterday and in Hungary, two teams that are more or less clearly behind in the standings “, we read in today’s edition of Corriere della Sera. 2022 is getting closer and closer and at the moment it seems difficult to believe in a miraculous recovery that will put the Ferraris on the same level as Mercedes and Red Bull, even if the regulation will change radically: “Two Ferraris lapped before the fortieth lap in a Grand Prix, that of Qatar, which included fifty-seven laps – underlines Leo Turrini on The Rest of the Carlino – recovering more than one lap at Mercedes and Red Bull, here, frankly, it risks resembling a climb of Everest with your bare hands. I imagine that in Maranello they realize this and I can also guess there pressure which weighs on Mattia Binotto and the men of his staff. I summarize the concept with a single word, which refers to the upcoming Christmas deadlines: greetings. From the heart “.
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