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Binotto: Ferrari could have had 8 wins

Mattia Binotto. Credits: @F1_lnfo (Twitter).

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks that they could have had 8 race wins already this season if they had avoided slip-ups.

Numerous mechanical failures, controversial strategy calls, and driver errors did not allow Ferrari to convert the potential of the F1-75 car into consistently good results.

Charles Leclerc is 80 points behind Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship, while Ferrari have a 97-point deficit to Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship. Binotto acknowledged that the slip-ups cost the team several victories.

“Red Bull is indeed more efficient,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“Out of 13 races we have only won four, but that could have been eight without our problems.

“Red Bull also suffered from reliability problems, but they were never in the lead when they retired.

“With us, it was the other way around. That was the case in Spain, Azerbaijan, and France.”

Binotto admitted that the reliability issues were caused by a big number of new components in the engine.

“We are paying the price for the great leap we have made in our development.

“There are much more new parts in our engine than in that of Red Bull. We had to catch up from a big deficit.”

In the end, Binotto stated that Ferrari and Red Bull are at the same level in terms of performance.

“We have practically the same speed as Red Bull.

“We are within a tenth of a second of each other. You cannot say that one car is better than the other.

“There are tracks that suit us better, and tracks where Red Bull is ahead of us.

“In the end, it is the set-ups, the track conditions, and the form of the drivers that are the decisive factors on Sunday.

“At the start of the season, Red Bull were better, and they had a rear wing that was more efficient when the DRS was activated.

“We reduced our deficit with a new rear wing. The balance between them is a good thing because the cars are so different. Still, we’ve ended up at about the same level.”

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