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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.


  • 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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