Carlos Sainz took his third podium spot for Ferrari at the Russian GP. Still, there were not only smiling faces at the Scuderia after the F1 race in Sochi. Charles Leclerc was very disappointed after the race, although Mattia Binotto sees opportunities after the performance of the Monegask.
Mattia Binotto was logically very satisfied with Carlos Sainz’s performance after the F1 race in Sochi. The Spanish driver finished third behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen during the spectacular race. “Carlos not only drove a good race, but he was very strong in Russia throughout the race weekend. Together with Sainz, we made the choice at the right time to switch to the intermediate tires and so he conquered a nice podium place. Sainz is the ideal teammate for Charles Leclerc, the two drivers complement each other very well,” said Binotto. Sky Sport Italy.
The Ferrari team boss saw that Leclerc had a very disappointing result, because the rain came down at the wrong time for the Monegask. “Charles was doing really well, he had a great race pace, but unfortunately his race ended in minor due to the chaos that arose in the last laps of the race. I am very sorry, but at the same time I am very optimistic about Charles’ performance He rode a new bike this weekend and the bike seems to be performing very well.”
“The new power unit is working very well and we are happy with it. It all looked good at Leclerc so that gives us hope for the rest of the season. Despite Leclerc not taking points in Russia, we hope that in the to do with him in the coming races,” said Binotto, who wants to emphasize that the old engine that is still in Sainz’s car is also just fine.
“The old engine is not bad, by the way, but the new engine is just a bit better. We will let you know soon when Sainz’s engine will be replaced and that will probably happen in the short term. Next year’s power unit will be slightly different from the new engine we have now deployed at Leclerc, but we will use the data we collect with this engine to develop next season’s power unit.”