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Briatore: Ferrari is not up to scratch

Carlos Sainz. Credits: Getty Images.

Former Benetton and Renault boss Flavio Briatore thinks that Ferrari still has more work to do to get beck to where they need to be.

Ferrari has seemed to bounce back from a dismal 2020. The legendary team is only 26 points off the championship lead after two rounds, the closest they have been since 2018. Briatore says that although he appreciates the steps Ferrari has made over the off-season, a team as large and historic as it should not be fighting for fourth place in the constructors’ title.

“Ferrari? The 2021 World Championship has just started and we are already talking about next year. Ferrari should be there, but they are fighting for third place, which is difficult to get even with two good drivers like Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz,” Briatore said in an Italian-language podcast.

“The car has improved compared to last year. We will see what happens next season with the new regulations, but competing for third and fourth place is not at the level of the Ferrari brand.”

Ferrari is currently enduring its longest winless streak since 2017, having gone 25 races without a win. It is a stat unlikely to change this weekend when Formula 1 returns for the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao.

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