Binotto says Sainz’ strong performance in Canada ‘no surprise’ as he targets a pre-summer fight against Red Bull

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes his driver Carlos Sainz is “gaining confidence” in the team’s 2022 car, after the Spanish racer came home to second place at this week’s Canadian Grand Prix – his fifth on the podium this season.

Sainz – who previously admitted his struggles with the new 2022 car – entered the Montreal race weekend off the back of his third DNF of the season in Baku, due to a hydraulic failure.

Sainz started the Montreal race well from P3 on the grid, quickly surpassing compatriot Fernando Alonso in P2, and was sometimes the fastest man on the track. But despite his late-race provoked Max Verstappen who failed to pay off – the Spaniard’s first F1 win continued to elude him – Binotto believes Sainz is getting “faster, faster” behind the wheel of F1-75.

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“Honestly, that was no surprise [that Sainz was the fastest man on track]Binotto said. “If you look at the race sim on Friday, Carlos was really strong and we were very close to the Red Bulls.

“So, we knew we could fight; how close it is after Friday, no idea, but we know our car is competitive. Carlos is gaining confidence in the car, he’s driving faster and faster and it’s good to see that… He was definitely fast, if not Was a little faster, than Max.”

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Binotto also spoke about the performance of Charles Leclerc, who started racing in P19 after being penalized for making a bunch of changes to his power unit. With “damage reduced” by finishing fifth, Binotto revealed his hope that Monaco can “attack” over the next few races before the summer break, to help Ferrari reclaim its 76-point deficit against Red Bull – rivals. Having won the last six races in the jump.

“It was something we decided very soon after Baku [to take the power unit penalty]Binotto said. “So, it’s something he has been aware of for several days, to adapt and prepare for the weekend race, he knew he was going to start from the back of the grid today in the race.

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“So even his schedule on Friday and Saturday was focused on the high-fuel rounds to make sure he was ready for the race himself. It’s definitely a frustrating situation for the driver… The race required a lot of patience, and that is definitely the case; you definitely want to overtake but you can’t because Having a DRS or damaged tires.

“But finally the damage reduction, starting at the back, finishing fifth is still a good race result and I know he’s got new power units for the next races for sure. We have four races until the summer break – that will be important for him as he can attack, and let’s We’re somehow trying to get some points back if we can.”

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