Binotto Explains Why They Put Charles Leclerc On Those Hard Tyres In Hungary – WTF1
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Binotto Explains Why They Put Charles Leclerc On Those Hard Tyres In Hungary

Oh, Ferrari. You better be paying for my therapy after yet more shocking strategy blunders caused the Scuderia team to lose ANOTHER race.

A lot of us (including Charles Leclerc himself) were scratching our heads with Ferrari’s strategy calls at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which turned a potential double podium into a P4 and P6 finish.

However, Mattia Binotto blamed most of the poor result on a car that was “not working as expected”.

“Today was certainly different conditions,” said Binotto, speaking to media, including The Race. “A lot cooler, but overall the speed today was not great enough, and whatever tyres we were using, I don’t think we were as good as we were looking for.”

When asked about Leclerc’s switch to the hard tyre, he added, “our simulation was that it could have been a difficult couple of laps of warm-up.

“So it would have been slower than the medium for 10-11 laps, but then they would have come back, and they would have been faster by the end of the stint, and it was a 30-lap stint.”

“Overall, the tyres didn’t work. I know they were not working as well [as expected] on other cars.

“Still, the analysis I made was based on all the data we had, and I think as I said before, the main reason is not to look into the strategy but why the car was not as good as we were hoping today.”

According to Leclerc, his “disaster” stint on the hard tyre is what ultimately cost him the win, causing many people to question if the Ferrari strategy team need some changes.

When asked if the poor results were just a matter of bad luck, Binotto replied, “No, it’s not a matter of bad luck, and there is nothing to change as well.”

Another disappointing result to add to the list for Ferrari!

16 thoughts on “Binotto Explains Why They Put Charles Leclerc On Those Hard Tyres In Hungary

  • ฬ๏ยtєг says:

    “I think as I said before, the main reason is not to look into the strategy but why the car was not as good as we were hoping today.” ~ Binotto

    Can this man be fired already?

  • Wow! such arrogance after fielding poor strategy calls week after week? Fire the entire strategy team because they have no clue on devising optimum race strategies! No confidence in the current pit wall at all!

  • Bro they just need to accept that they made a mistake, which then allows them to analyze what they’re doing wrong and fix it.

    • They fucked themselves first with Sainz then Charles could off even stayed out for potential 3-5 more then would off had good pace till time for softs

  • Ian Twesiga says:

    why cant this guy just say sorry to ferrari fans for bad results rather than blaming a situation because honestly how is ferrari going to grow if their own “leader” is still making excuses for the team rather than defending the team but saying they were not good.

  • peabody3000 says:

    big question though.. would soft tires have worked out better, with 30 laps left to go? my understanding is they couldn’t do mediums since cars are required to run 2 different dry compounds if wet tires aren’t used. this article doesn’t bring up that rule

    • Ladislav Koutný says:

      Sure, they have to use two different compounds, but they could have extended the first two stints and just slap softs for 20 laps left.

      • Jason Malcolm says:

        They done this for Sainz and he was still well off the pace even on the softs. There is truth in what Binotto is saying. They did get the strategy wrong also though. Hards should never of been fitted to any of the front runners.
        I personally think they should of got the mandatory 2nd compound fitted at the first stop then you can go long on mediums at the end.

        I think Ferrari were banking on rain to come which is why they went Medium, Medium as there car was very strong on the compound.

  • I swear every article includes “speaking to media, including The Race.” – This site is starting to become a repost place =(

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