Ferrari didn’t have the best race in Baku on Sunday, after Charles Leclerc’s pole position on Saturday, nothing was to be gained in the race, with Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto saying that he had “expected something better”.
Although Charles Leclerc started from P1, he was significantly down in the race and finished in P4. The Monegasque called it a “vicious circle” of battles against cars that were faster than them. He also failed to take advantage of Verstappen and Hamilton’s mistakes and failed to finish the race on the podium.
Teammate Carlos Sainz did not have a better day. He too dropped 3 places in the race and finished the race in P8, after a mistake in turn 8 prevented him from a better result.
Binotto admitted that Ferrari surprisingly fell behind in the race after an “excellent” qualifying.
“I think we were expecting something better after the qualifying because it has been a difficult race,” he said. “We have not been perfect in many areas, and I think overall the result is what it is, but as usual it may be a lesson learned.”
“There are things that can be improved, I’m pretty sure that reviewing the entire race, we will find areas of improvement and that’s important for us. Overall, I think it’s still a good weekend, and we should keep our heads up and positive. We had made a pole, which I think was outstanding.”
The good news for Ferrari was taking third place in the constructors’ standings, after overtaking McLaren:
“Finally, we are third in the constructors’ championship since the restart of the season it never happened. It’s only by two points, but it’s showing somehow, we are progressing. I think there are positives in the weekend, but certainly again as I said, things to be learned.”
“Now we’ve got three races in a row in the next weeks, which will be important. So certainly, we remain focused, concentrated and fighting to get better in the future.”