Binotto thinks Ferrari’s poles are not representative

Charles Leclerc in the box. Credits: Scuderia Ferrari on Twitter.

Charles Leclerc took two pole positions in a row for Ferrari, but Mattia Binotto admitted that that result does not show the real team’s pace.

Leclerc put his SF21 on pole position both in Monaco and in Azerbaijan, beating the two most competitive teams of this season: Red Bull and Mercedes.

However, the story for the Scuderia was different on Sunday. During the race, the team struggled against Red Bull and the Silver Arrows, and it was fighting for the midfield positions.

Binotto also admitted that he hoped to score points on Sunday after the good results in qualifying, while Ferrari only managed to overtake McLaren by two points in the constructor standings.

“I think there are two cars ahead of us which are still stronger, no doubt,” Binotto said.

“It was great to have pole position both in Monaco and here in Baku, but I don’t think that is reflecting our true performance overall. I think there are two stronger cars.

“But we are progressing. We are progressing because eventually, we are learning [about] the car, we are exploiting it better compared to the start of the season. And we know that there will be some developments coming in the future.

“So overall, I think that’s where we are. [In the race] I think we were hoping for a better place overall, seeing the qualifying.”

The two Ferrari drivers struggled during the first stint in Baku. However, Binotto was happy about the pace they had with hard tires in the second part of the race.

“We knew that on the soft, we would have struggled,” Binotto said.

“I think we struggled the most with the soft. On the hard tires, when in free air, and I think Carlos in free air pace was representative, we were competitive.

“Certainly we still need to improve our pace in the race, no doubt. But I don’t think that overall, we were poor in performance when in free air.

“We were suffering in the dirty air, which both drivers mentioned, and that’s where we need to focus our analysis.”

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