Mattia Binotto has said he is happy Charles Leclerc stayed at the Monaco pit lane and celebrated Carlos Sainz’s podium despite not being able to take his pole position grid slot.

Leclerc has a bad run of luck at his home Grand Prix, one that continued into 2021 when he did not start thanks to a driveshaft issue after ramming his Ferrari into the wall in Q3 while on pole. He could very easily have just left the track and go back to his parent’s or his friend’s house, but he decided to stay in the pit lane and cheer on Ferrari teammate Sainz, who eventually came second.

This pleased Binotto, who was happy Leclerc stayed despite the disappointments.

“I think very positive is Charles being under the podium,” said Binotto. “I think it was him showing that he was there to celebrate with Carlos, and celebrating with the team as well.”

“I think that’s very positive because he’s showing the team spirit we’ve got at the moment. We all believe in our project, and we are all convinced that in the future we will become stronger and stronger.”

Ferrari will be hoping for another podium at Baku, where they have yet to win a race.

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