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Binotto reveals he’ll miss more races in 2021 as team “just about runs by itself”

Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto looks on ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has revealed he will miss more races in the 2021 season as the squad prepares for 2022, saying the organization “just about runs by itself.”

Ferrari had a horrendous 2020 season and seems to have improved into 2021. Still, the Prancing Horse is focusing on the 2022 car in hopes of coming back to the lead of the Championship. This means that team principal Mattia Binotto will miss more races during the season as he focuses on the development of next year’s challenger.

“There’s a number of challenged ahead of us,” Binotto said. “This is the first season where there’s been a budget cap when we also have to develop a whole new car, and with a power unit that will have to last at least three years [from next year].

“There’s so much to do that it’s crucial that I manage my time in the most efficient way. I know I run a very effective team, a well-oiled machine that runs just about by itself. Having said that, I will still be attending many of the races and for those when I’m not trackside, I’ll be in the remote garage at Maranello, which is practically like being on the pit wall.”

Binotto will be trackside at Imola, a track he qualifies as significant for the Scuderia given the fact it’s a home race in a track that carries Ferrari’s founder name along with his son’s – the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

“Imola is the closest Formula 1 track to Maranello and, together with Monza, is our home race,” he said. “The Autodromo carries the name of our founder and his son, which makes all even more significant for the team. When both races were on the calendar, the most passionate and noisiest fans are always at Imola, while Monza had more of an international feel.

“When we used to get here the first thing in the morning to prepare for the race, you’d see a wall of Tifosi at Rivazza. Knowing that most of them had been there all night always gave us a huge burst of energy.”

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