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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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