Austin – “Charles had a great race. He was able to push. In some places he was as fast as the leaders. Looking at the gap from the podium, this is one of the times we got close. The car is also growing thanks to the power unit. With Charles, we took advantage of it. Good result for what it is. On him is our car today. He drove a flawless race. Too bad for Sainz, as we watched Charles finish the race 25 seconds ahead of Ricciardo.” These are the words of Mattia Binotto after United States Grand Prix, seventeenth seasonal designation of Formula 1. The Ferrari team principal analyzed, on Sky Sports, the race of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
“Carlos also had the potential but we couldn’t tap it – Binotto – added. He started with the Reds, but never had a chance to earn or maintain positions on the first lap. From there his race is held. He dealt with them very well, it was not easy. He had a chance to beat Norris when he had to give up his position. He was driving really well trying to defend himself, which is too bad for a stop. We went from one broken attempt to another during downtime. We have to try to improve every area this year, every detail matters. Today’s pit stop will probably cost us two spots on the track. On paper in this race we were not favourites with McLaren, instead we won 4 points from them. It’s a good result, and it bodes well for the next two, but let’s do it one by one. In Mexico we can be competitive, at least in terms of McLaren, let’s focus on that and then we’ll see.”
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