“I do not have a crystal ball” – Team Principal Mattia Binotto is refusing to suggest if Ferrari will win any race this season, preventing Mercedes from yet another onslaught.
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has shied away from suggesting they will win any races this season. If they do not, that will make it two consecutive winless seasons for the most successful team in Formula 1. Binotto, speaking to GPFans, conceded the gap to Mercedes is too big to be recovered this season.
“Honestly, the gap to the best team today is very big and we will not close it. But to win races, you never know what may happen during the season, during races, if there will be an opportunity, hopefully, we can get it. I do not have a crystal ball. Let’s wait and see.
“That is what is great about F1. There are uncertainties and we are working very hard to do our best, let’s see what will be the competitive level in March.”
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) January 29, 2021
Mattia Binotto wants to see Carlos Sainz on the podium
Ferrari will have the youngest line-up since 1968 in the form of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Last season, Leclerc was on the podium twice, while his partner Sebastian Vettel made it once. Binotto is hoping his recruit Sainz gets on the podium as well this season, after missing out with McLaren last.
“Hopefully, we see him on the podium, I am really hoping to see him on the podium,” he said. “I think that is not depending on him but certainly on the car. If the car will be good enough, I think he is capable of doing strong races and will be on the podium.
“Again, I think he is a very young driver. The youngest line up since 1968. Normally, we are doing such a choice not only for two years. It is because you are trying to create solid foundations for the future and looking at the long term as well. So we hope that Carlos will be renewed and be with us as well in the next years.”