But despite the disappointment, Ferrari doesn’t want to hang their heads. “Of course we are disappointed, but not frustrated,” emphasizes Binotto. “We have a good package, the update worked. And when it does that at a track like Barcelona, that’s a good thing. We have to look ahead and we’re optimistic. The World Cup is still long.”
The race director also sees Leclerc’s reaction to the failure as positive. The Monegasque consoled his mechanics and didn’t say a word of criticism. Binotto: “He shook hands with all the mechanics. That is a strong message and shows his great personality.”
Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz has to think more. The Spaniard made his fourth mistake in the last four GPs. A gust of wind caught him in turn four. The result: a spin. After all, he finally drove up to fourth place.
Binotto protects his number two: “I wouldn’t call Sainz problems. Keeping up with Charles isn’t easy. He is still in the process of adapting to the new car, which is difficult for him to drive. He was a fighter today and I want to see that.”
One thing is certain: The whole team now has to fight in order not to lose touch with Red Bull.