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Binotto: Ferrari lacked pace on Sunday

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc at the Hungarian GP. Credits: @ScuderiaFerrari (Twitter).

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks that they did not have enough pace to compete for the Hungarian GP victory.

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc began the Hungarian GP 2nd and 3rd respectively. Leclerc was leading the race, while Sainz was chasing George Russell for P2 at one point.

After a strong performance during Friday practices, the Maranello-based outfit was a favorite. However, Sainz and Leclerc crossed the finish line in P4 and P6.

Ferrari’s race strategy raised questions, but Binotto stated that the car performance did not allow them to compete for the win.

“What we were lacking today was really speed and pace. I don’t think we could have won today,” he said.

“The reason not, I don’t know, because it’s the first time in the first 13 races that we didn’t have the speed somehow to be there for the victory. So we need to look at first into that, performance-wise, to understand. I’m pretty sure that when we understand that we will understand as well why the car was not working properly.

“The car today was not working as expected and we didn’t have the speed we were hoping for, looking back at the pace that we had on the race simulation on Friday. Today certainly different conditions, a lot cooler, but overall the speed today was not great enough and whatever tires we were using I don’t think that we were as good as we were looking for and hoping for.”

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