Ferrari team principal “finally able to count on both drivers”

Mattia Binotto celebrated his team’s results at the Bahrain GP while also taking a jab at Sebastian Vettel

By Yuri Coghe
@yuricoghe
Ferrari, led by Mattia Binotto, scored 12 points in the season opener Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday (Photo: Ferrari/Twitter)

Ferrari had a strong start to the 2021 season at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday when compared to their lacklustre performance from last year.

When celebrating Charles Leclerc and new signing Carlos Sainz Jr.’s sixth and eighth finish, respectively, team principal Mattia Binotto also found time to take a jab at Sebastian Vettel.

“I’m really happy with the drivers. I’m happy to be able to count on both of them finally,” Binotto said to Sky Italy.

The four-time world champion spent six years with Ferrari from 2015 to 2020. Despite becoming the third driver with the most wins in the Italian team’s history with 14, the German driver has considered his time with the Scuderia a “failure” in a December 2020 interview.

He’s now an Aston Martin driver, having signed a “multiple-year deal” with the Canadian-owned team. Former Toro Rosso, Renault and McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr. joined Ferrari to replace Vettel.

“Carlos (Sainz Jr.) did an excellent job with the pace,” Binotto continued. “And then the motivation is important, the wish to grow as a team and not only with the drivers.”

“Today was just the first race, and they will understand where to improve. This season, we will not develop the car a lot because we’re already focused on 2022. We will bring some upgrades, but they must work, and they lead the car in the right direction.”

Ferrari scored 12 points in the season opener Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, showing up on fourth in the constructor’s championship.

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