After withdrawing halfway through the Spanish Grand Prix owing to mechanical issues at Ferrari, Charles Leclerc missed what appeared to be an easy win.
After a painful withdrawal for Charles Leclerc at the Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari squad chief Mattia Binotto has pledged to “stay optimistic.”
From pole position, Leclerc was in command of the race until he knocked out power owing to an undisclosed mechanical problem, causing him to stop the car.
It appears to mean the Monegasque’s 19-point lead in the title was wiped out in one go, with racing driver Max Verstappen moving six points ahead.
In the Constructors’ standings, Red Bull has moved 26 points ahead of Ferrari after a dominant 1-2 finish.
Following the race, Leclerc pushed Ferrari to figure out what’s wrong, but he did praise the squad’s raw speed and tyre management as advantages.
Binotto holds the same ideas on retirement as Leclerc
Binotto shared Leclerc’s essentially positive view in response to the withdrawal, but he is also eager to quickly resolve the technical issues.
“It’s certainly a hard day,” Binotto told Sky Sports F1, with Carlos Sainz only able to salvage fourth in the other Ferrari after an early spin.
“I was just listening Charles and he’s right. We need to look at the positives. I think we’ve got the pace. We had good pace in the race as well.
“It will be a long season. It happened to the others, today it happened to us. There are still many races, so I think that’s part of the game.”
Binotto also supported Ferrari’s engine development team in Maranello.
“If you look at the outstanding job the power unit guys back home made so far, we can certainly not blame them,” added Binotto.
“We will try to understand it as soon as possible and address [it].”
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