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Binotto believes new power unit helped Ferrari in Turkey

Mattia Binotto says that Ferrari’s new power unit may have been very helpful to their performance at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Details:

  • Charles Leclerc was the first Ferrari driver to receive the improved power unit, taking a grid penalty at the Russian Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz’s car was the second to have the engine installed, taking a penalty in Turkey.
  • Leclerc was very competitive all weekend and battled with Red Bull and Mercedes for podium positions.
  • Sainz fought cleanly and quickly from the back of the grid to finish eighth in the race.

What he had to say:

  • “It is giving us a small advantage. I don’t want to quantify it on lap time because it is track-dependent. It’s not only pure ICE power, it’s energy recovery, so it’s a bit complex.”
  • “But certainly it’s giving us an advantage. If I look as well at quali with Charles, it was the… fourth [fastest] lap time. If I look behind him, it was very close, and I’m pretty sure that a couple of positions would have been lost without that specification.”
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