Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto conceded on Thursday that despite the end of the next Formula 1 season, “we know we somehow have to do better in 2021” after last year’s disastrous campaign. Binotto was speaking at the team’s virtual launch on Friday ahead of the unveiling of their new car next month.
With Carlos Sainz replacing Sebastian Vettel alongside Charles Leclerc, Binotto and the entire legion of Scuderia fans anticipate a marked recovery in the team’s fortunes.
“Last year has certainly been a big, big disappointment,” Binotto said of Ferrari’s worst season since 1980, when they collected just 131 points from over 500 in 2019, and came to an embarrassing point. sixth in the manufacturers’ ranking.
“We know we can’t repeat such a bad result,” said the man whose job is to get the famous F1 name out of the doldrums.
“That’s what I expect,” he added, “so I think it’s really a question of mentality: team mentality, riders mentality, and as a Team Principal, I am undoubtedly fully aware of the responsibility that I have, being part of such a team.
“I feel … no pressure, but I feel the responsibility, as well as the pride, and I know that, like I said, initially we just have to do better, and that is part of my first responsibility. . “
Ferrari is hoping to turn the corner largely on the SF21 car, which will feature an all-new power pack and is due to be unveiled on March 10, two days before pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the opening of the grand prix in the Gulf Kingdom on March 28.
But Binotto was careful not to raise expectations, with Ferrari’s last victory coming to Singapore in 2019.
“What I think (will lead to our recovery) is our will to win,” he said.
“I’m not saying we’re going to win – I think we have to be realistic.
“There are cars (Mercedes champions for example) that were very, very strong last year, and with the car (development) being partially frozen, they will definitely be very strong again in 2021.”
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