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Ferrari can “finally” count on both drivers

Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari speaks with team mate Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari on the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

After a strong weekend at Bahrain, where Ferrari managed a solid haul of points, Mattia Binotto says he is happy Ferrari can now rely on both drivers.

This year Ferrari came into the new season replacing Sebastian Vettel with Carlos Sainz. It seems as though there is a new philosophy within the team involving equal status among the drivers, a novel idea in the historic team. The points disparity between Charles Leclerc and Vettel in 2020 was remarkable, with Leclerc scoring over 60 points more than his German teammate.

Leaving the Bahrain Grand Prix, Ferrari are fourth in the teams title, with a decent haul of 12 points split between Leclerc and Sainz, with the two on relatively equal pace in qualifying.

While talking to Sky Italia, Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto said he was happy that he has two reliably fast drivers after a season of lopsided success.

“I’m really happy with the drivers, I’m happy to be able to count on both of them finally. Carlos did a very good job with the pace. And then the motivation is important, the wish to grow as a team and not only with the drivers.”

“Today was just the first race, they will understand where to improve. In this season we will not develop the car a lot, because we’re already focused on 2022. We will bring some upgrades, but it’s important that they work and they lead the car in the right direction.”

Ferrari will be at home in Italy when Formula 1 returns for the Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola in less than 3 weeks time.

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