Ferrari had a pretty positive three days of testings. This article will feature the comments of Mattia Binotto on how he feels after the tests and a quick analysis of how Ferrari is looking after a difficult 2020 season.
Bahrain’s winter testing is now over and it’s time for the teams to talk, analyze and improve as much as possible before the start of the season. The SF21 didn’t show extreme pace during the three days of testings but nevertheless seemed to be more competitive than the SF1000.
Carlos Sainz however looks like he is adapting very quickly to his new machine, managing to set a very good lap of 1:29.611 on C4 tires which is also the best time set on this specific compound.
The Spaniard underlined multiple times the friendly relationship he wants to establish with his teammate Charles Leclerc to be able to have the most beneficial impact on the team as possible. And it looks like this strategy worked out well for the former McLaren driver as Mattia Binotto seems very happy with his new driver after the testings.
“I’m especially happy with how Charles and Carlos have worked with the team and the good relationship that exists between the two of them. That has helped Carlos adapt very quickly to his new team.”
The Italian team boss also pointed out Ferrari’s objective of better understanding their 2021 car and he also looks satisfied regarding this aspect.
“It has been a busy three days of training. One of our priorities was to make the most of the little time available to increase our understanding of SF21 and we have succeeded. I feel we have improved in many ways compared to last year.”
However, Binotto wants to keep it real and he admitted not really knowing where to position his team after more than 20 hours of testings:
“It is difficult [to know] where we are in relation to our rivals because this test has been more difficult to interpret than usual”
Indeed, this year’s tests were surprising, to say the least. It is usually possible to determine a tendency after winter testings. However, except for Red Bull, there was no team that really stood out this year, almost every driver managing to set up a decent lap time but none of them was quick enough to be able to spot a trend.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t look like Ferrari was in too much of a struggle during the three days of tests. Both drivers looked happy about their sessions, Leclerc underlined that the team was able to confirm the observations they had done during the off-season, and both Kimi Raikonnen and Mattia Binotto confirmed that the Ferrari engine had improved and that it isn’t their biggest issue anymore. All in all, this is a very positive conclusion, knowing that other teams like Aston Martin and Mercedes were looking surprisingly slow.