Ferrari is back. Good for Formula 1, even better for Italy. Because when the Scuderia is fighting for victories, the passionate Tifosi are happy. After two years of suffering, the Reds’ renaissance in Italy is sparking collective jubilation and rising ratings in the future.
Binotto warns: “We have even more potential in the car, but because of the budget limit you can’t take the wrong development step.”
Ferrari is also on par with Red Bull with its driver pairing. Charles Leclerc impressively demonstrated in Bahrain that he can stand up to Max Verstappen in top form. “With this way of driving, he deserved the win today,” praised the team boss. Leclerc himself emphasizes: “It was tough but fair racing, the way I love it.” The fans can expect even more of it in 2022.
Only Carlos Sainz showed small weaknesses at the start of the season. The Spaniard isn’t quite as comfortable with the new ground effect cars as his team-mate. “I’m not yet driving the car the way it should be,” he admits self-critically. “If I can do that, I too can drive for victories.” Until then, Sainz will also step on the euphoria brakes to keep Ferrari from complacency: “Now we have to keep accelerating. The others don’t sleep.”
An extension of the expiring contract with Carlos Sainz will soon ensure the necessary calm and consistency in the team. “We agree,” Binotto admits. “We just have to put it on paper.”
Ferrari: The former chaos squad has become a winning team again. Formula 1 sees red.