Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto says they are desperate for a one-two at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Charles Leclerc’s costly crash in France… as he insists there is ‘no reason’ they can’t win all 10 remaining races
- Max Verstappen currently leads the World Drivers’ Championship by 63 points
- His Red Bull team lead the Constructors’ Championship meanwhile by 82 points
- Despite this, Mattia Binotto is confident Ferrari have ‘plenty of reasons to smile’
- Even Christian Horner said the Hungaroring would ‘play to Ferrari’s strengths’
Ferrari are targeting a one-two win in Hungary on Sunday to ease the pain of Charles Leclerc’s costly crash while leading in France last weekend.
Leclerc’s self-confessed error at Le Castellet left the Monegasque a mighty 63 points behind Red Bull’s championship leader Max Verstappen, with Ferrari 82 adrift in the Formula One constructors’ standings.
‘We need to turn the page and look to Hungary and do a one-two there,’ team boss Mattia Binotto told reporters after Leclerc’s blank.
Charles Leclerc dramatically crashed out of the French Grand Prix on Sunday while leading
It was the third time this season the Ferrari driver had retired wile leading a race
‘There is plenty of reason why we need to smile. Our objective should not be winning but a one-two.
‘There is no reason not to win 10 races from now to the end.’
Ferrari started the season with a one-two in Bahrain but are yet to repeat the feat, getting both drivers on the podium on only two further occasions in Saudi Arabia and Miami.
Despite seven poles, Leclerc has retired while leading on three occasions while team mate Carlos Sainz has suffered four retirements in 12 rounds.
Mattia Binotto said there was ‘no reason’ that his team couldn’t win another ten races
Red Bull expect Hungary, where the weather is again likely to be hot and tyre management will be key, to play more to their rivals’ strengths.
‘I don’t expect Hungary to be particularly our best track because I do think we are lacking a bit of downforce compared to Ferrari, and that’s what you need to run there,’ said Verstappen.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner agreed, saying the Hungaroring ‘will probably play more to the Ferrari’s strengths than our strengths.’
The race is the last before the August break, with Verstappen already sure of leading into September. If results go his way, he may not need to win again after Sunday.
Ferrari last won in Hungary with Sebastian Vettel leading Kimi Raikkonen one-two in 2017.
Leclerc collided at the first corner last year with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll while Sainz ended up third.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon won, his first victory in Formula One, ahead of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes who dropped from pole to last and back up to second.
Hamilton, now on the longest streak of his career without a win, felt that Hungary, where he has won a record eight times, could be a better weekend.
Max Verstappen took his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 63 points by winning in France
Ferrari mechanics react after watching Leclerc crash into the track wall on Sunday
‘It’s going to be hard to beat the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, you see they have their pace advantage still,’ he told reporters, adding Verstappen’s advantage made it ‘pretty smooth sailing’ for the Dutchman.
‘But I’m hoping we will bring some sort of upgrade to that track and hopefully take a step forward closer to them.’
Ferrari-powered Haas will have their first major performance upgrade of the season on Kevin Magnussen’s car, with Mick Schumacher having to wait a while longer due to a shortage of new parts.
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