Binotto Has No Regrets About Costly Leclerc Fastest Lap Attempt – WTF1
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Binotto Has No Regrets About Costly Leclerc Fastest Lap Attempt

Charles Leclerc had a chaotic end to his Belgian Grand Prix which resulted in him losing a position to Fernando Alonso, but Mattia Binotto has maintained that it was the right choice regardless of the end result. 

Charles had recovered to fifth position after having his race disrupted when he pitted earlier than planned to remove a stray visor tear-off caught in his brake duct. But Ferrari also pitted him again with two laps to go in an effort to get the one point for fastest lap.

However, it was made a bit awkward when Alonso passed Leclerc after the Ferrari driver emerged from the pits, despite Leclerc getting him back a little while later. In all of this, Leclerc didn’t even manage to get the point for fastest lap!

Charles was then awarded a five-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane, pushing him back down to sixth.

The Ferrari team boss insisted that it was all part of the plan, and he didn’t necessarily have any regrets about bringing Charles in.

When speaking to media, including The Race, Binotto claimed that a faulty backup sensor was to blame for their speeding penalty. He emphasises that they weren’t using their normal speed-monitoring sensors as they’d failed due to overheating on the front-right, likely due to the pesky visor tear-off.

“I think we made the right decision because you need to be brave enough to try and be always the maximum, and there was the gap on Fernando [Alonso,]” Binotto explained to Sky F1 in Belgium.

“We knew it was very tight. We knew it was where he could have overtaken him with the new tyres. Maybe taking the DRS and getting the extra speed on the straight so at the end. It was the right choice.

“We didn’t have the fastest lap – that’s another [matter]. Maybe look at why,” he chuckled.

“But I don’t think because there are any risks in the operation, you should not [do it].”

Do you think Ferrari were right to take the risk for one more point? 

6 thoughts on “Binotto Has No Regrets About Costly Leclerc Fastest Lap Attempt

  • Isidro Barbosa says:

    What difference one point would make of he could have managed to get the fast lap, if he stayed on course, he would’ve stayed in fifth place right

    • Fastest lap would have been effectively 2 point bonus in the driver’s championship since Max would have lost his one…

      • Speciouspunter says:

        So basically a 2% benefit maximum for a very risky attempt. Not many in any sport or business would take on that kind of risk.

  • Connor Kenway says:

    You ever seen that Simpsons bit, with the monkey playing the cymbals in Homer’s head? Yeah…..

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