Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto has hinted after the insane Bahrain Grand Prix of the 2022 season that even after winning 1-2 they still don’t see themselves as a team in the race for the world title.
Mattia believes the team needs ‘at least four or five races‘ to give a good enough assessment of their prospects during the 2022 F1 season.
The first race of the 2022 season had everything in abundance, from tight wheel-to-wheel racing to unprecedented events, the Bahrain Grand Prix was one for the ages and after all that scuffle the Ferrari team has bragging rights the other teams .
After yesterday’s mega win, Ferrari took the lead in both championships and the team was last able to do so in 2018. Charles Leclerc, on the other hand, has taken the lead in the Drivers’ Championship for the first time in his F1 career.
Not letting yesterday’s success go to their heads, the Ferrari team still believe the Red Bull team are favorites for the title and they need a few more races to assess their chances wisely.
“I think the others are very, very strong,” said Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto when asked by The Race if he felt Ferrari’s team and drivers were ready to take on a championship challenge.”
“They proved to be very strong in yesterday’s qualifying. It really was all about the details.”
“I think today could have been so good but maybe they had some reliability issues or something that is not perfect about their car which we can understand from radio communication. And they would have been very quick otherwise.”
“And if I look at Max’s first stint on used tyres, he matched Charles’ pace.”
“I think we shouldn’t forget that this was one of the world champions. They are still the favourites.”
“What we can try is to do our best. Jeddah in a week can offer a completely different picture and I think we’ll have to wait at least four or five races before we can give an assessment.”
“To answer your question, I would wait four or five races.”
Solid first race for Ferrari F1 Team
The Italian team from Maranello started the Bahrain Grand Prix with Charles from pole position and, after a back and forth, managed to finish on the grid position.Struggle’ between Leclerc and Verstappen.
In the middle of the race, Max Verstappen was able to get ahead of Charles, but the Monogesque was able to immediately retake the lead with the help of the underspin. The duo were at each other’s throats’3 times‘ during the race, but Charles had an answer to Verstappen’s exploits at every opportunity.
Red Bull used a three-stop strategy to take the win, but the Ferrari team didn’t immediately respond with a pit stop of their own because Leclerc’s team was confident.
However, Pierre Gasly’s late DNF gave the Crimson team an opportunity to give Leclerc a free pit stop.
Speaking about the final moments of the race, Binotto said: “We didn’t mark because we saw that we had enough space to consolidate the position.”
“He managed the tires well, the medium worked well. And we saw that an additional pit stop would have been an additional risk.”
“Of course we will discuss with the team whether that was the right decision or not. But we were comfortably in front and that’s why we decided to stay out.”
Ferrari have told all the other teams what to look forward to after yesterday’s strong performance and if the likes of Red Bull and Mercedes are to catch up with the Italian outfit then they need to start performing well as Jeddah continues.
The races will now be tight and fast for all 10 teams and it will come down to who wants the title the most. Ferrari are in a good position and it will be fascinating to see how the other teams react to Ferrari’s challenge in Jeddah.
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