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Binotto: Ferrari's start in 2019 'not a drama'

  • Published on 10 May 2019 17:47
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has no cause for concern after the team's lacklustre start to the 2019 season.

The Scuderia outfit has failed to win at the opening four events of the season, while rivals Mercedes has grabbed four one-two finishes.

Despite the poor start which has left the Italian squad 74 points behind in the constructors' championship, Binotto is confident that Ferrari had a competitive car in both Bahrain and Azerbaijan.

"I think we have missed a great opportunity in Bahrain where we certainly could have done a fantastic result compared to the one we did," Binotto said.

"I think as well in Baku we could have done a better race and certainly a better qualifying. So if you make the sum at the end, we are missing points, we are missing points compared to where we believe is our potential."

Binotto insists that Ferrari is not at all satisfied with how it has started the year, but has played down the severity of the situation, and the implications it could have on the remainder of its season.

"Our objective certainly is not to be where we are in terms of, again, points and classification, so we cannot be happy on the start of the season," he commented.

"But assessing that from the performance overall, it’s not a drama at all. I think we have got still a good car.

"The competition is very, very strong and that, I think, was known and it’s not a surprise but I think we are still in the battle and we could to every single racing with the willing to do well – and we can do it."

Ferrari turned down chance to test 2021 wheels

Pirelli confirmed on Friday that three teams (McLaren, Mercedes and Renault) will test their 2021 tyres later this year.

Binotto confirmed that Ferrari had the option to test, but declined as it did not see the benefit of taking part in a two-day outing.

"Obviously we have been offered. It has been our own choice not to participate," he said. "We've been short on time and the resources for the programme so as Ferrari we decided simply not to take part in this test in 2019 but we are preparing ourselves to do it obviously in 2020.

"I’m pretty sure that we will have the opportunity to do it."

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  • abhidbgt

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    Yes, not the start that they would have wanted. It seems that on tracks that have slow and medium speed corners they just aren't good. Monaco then seems to be a foregone conclusion.

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    • May 10 2019 - 18:53

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15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
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Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
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26 - Apr 28
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10 - May 12
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12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
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Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
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United Arab Emirates
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Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
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15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
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25 - Oct 27
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Brazil Interlagos
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