Ferrari showed flashes of speed during the 2021 F1 season, with Charles Leclerc’s two poles in Monaco and Azerbaijan particularly highlighting the pace of a Scuderia lap.
But Ferrari was often held back by tire problems on Sunday, its rubber overheating as it tried to keep pace with its rivals in the peloton.
After a poor French Grand Prix out of points, the team managed to beat McLaren in Styria and again in the British Grand Prix last weekend, suggesting that the Italian team at least partially overcame their most critical problem.
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At Silverstone, Leclerc led most of the race following the much-publicized clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, but ultimately had to settle for second place behind resurgent Hamilton.
After analyzing Ferrari’s performance comeback in Great Britain, team boss Binotto explained that the opportunity to run in clear air has been the most crucial difference from previous races.
“I think if you look at the comparisons with Austria, [Lando] Norris got on the podium with a fantastic race, “Binotto said on Sunday night.
“But if we analyze his race pace in Austria, it was very similar to ours but we were just stuck in traffic. And I think being in the lead from the start of the race is the key in some way. ‘another.
“Here Charles was in front and in front, and we could do our own pace. If you compare our two drivers, one of the two is stuck behind them and the other is looking clean.
“When Carlos was in the clean air, he had Charles’ pace. So I think that’s not our pace.
“I still think Lewis and Max have great speed ahead of us. But I think we have recovered from France and that is the most important.”
Mattia Binotto, Ferrari team director
Photo by: Alessio Morgese
Leclerc being in the lead for most of the race appeared to help alleviate the tire issues the team still faces, but Binotto added that even in traffic the SF21’s performance improved after resolving the front tire problems that plagued Ferrari at Paul Ricard.
“After France, where we had tire problems before, I think the team regrouped, worked on it, sort of figured out the weaknesses and somehow tried to ‘fix it,’ he explained.
“Now two races in a row we had a good pace in the race which was also our weakness at the start of this season, showing that as a team we are progressing and that is what I am in. happier, which is certainly more important, also for the second half of the season now.
“After 10 races you have 17 more points than we had at the end of last season. As a team [we are] showing that the progress is certainly considerable. “