After a difficult 2020 season, something might have changed inside Ferrari, and the team spirit seems to be the most important thing, and in Austria, it helped the team achieve a good result.
Both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc did not manage to enter in Q3. Therefore, Ferrari opted for two different strategies on Sunday: Leclerc started with the medium tires, while Sainz chose the hards.
As a consequence of the strategy, Sainz had newer tires toward the end of the race, and he was quickly catching Charles. The latter was behind Daniel Ricciardo, but could not overtake him. Therefore, Ferrari asked Leclerc to let Carlos by, and by doing that, the Spaniard managed to overtake the McLaren driver, going up to P6. The Ferrari driver was also promoted to P5 due to Sergio Perez’ penalties.
“What I would highlight today,” said Mattia Binotto, “is the spirit shown by our drivers, as Charles did not hesitate to make way for Carlos, who was on fresher and faster tires,” said Binotto. “That meant we were able to get the best possible result for the team. It’s the right spirit, and it’s the way to go as we continue to make progress.
“When we asked Charles to swap with Carlos at the end, he did it immediately, no discussion, as he understands the importance of the team and how much it’s important to the team to score the maximum points.”
Ferrari finished the race in P5 and P8, a good result considering where they started the race. However, McLaren gained even more points, with Lando Norris finishing in P3, and Ricciardo in P7. Thus, Binotto believes that the result that Ferrari could have achieved could have been even better.
“I think that Charles could have done better if he had not had his difficulties in overtaking Perez, but that’s part of the racing,” said Binotto. “I see [the incidents] as the stewards saw them, they’ve been penalized.
“I think it’s a shame for Charles because those two accidents penalized his final result,” added Binotto. “I’m sure that if he would have been able to overtake Perez and could do so, his final race result would have been a lot better.”