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Binotto assumes Ferrari engine failures in 2022 had similar cause

Carlos Sainz's car at the Austrian GP. Credits: Reddit.

Mattia Binotto believes that the engine failure Carlos Sainz had in Austria was “very likely” to be the same as the one Charles Leclerc had in Azerbaijan.

Sainz’s race in Austria ended on lap 57 as the Spaniard suffered an engine failure. It was not the first time Ferrari encountered such an issue as Leclerc had to retire for the same reason in Azerbaijan.

After the race, Binotto said that the incidents seemed to be similar.

“I think we’ve got only two engine failures so far. Obviously ‘power unit’ [failures], more than two, but in terms of internal combustion engine, two,” the Ferrari team principal commented.

“Obviously, we need to look at what happened today [on Sunday]. Is it the same we had already as the one in Baku with Charles? Very likely.

“It’s certainly a concern. But the people back at Maranello are working very hard trying to fix them, which is not solved yet and obviously looking at what happened to Carlos, it has not been solved yet.

“But we have new elements and I know how strong they are working, how good they are, and then I can count on them that it will be addressed very soon, hopefully as soon as possible.”

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