Maranello’s outfit was caught up in a race for third place with McLaren, but later in the campaign, especially thanks to the results of the last three races, it was ahead of its British rivals.
Ferrari outperforms McLaren by 39.5 points, leaving only two races left after the Woking team scored just four points in the latest triple headers in Mexico, Brazil and Qatar.
However, despite Ferrari’s progress, which finished sixth with less than half of the 2021 score last year, Binotto claims to be focusing on 2022 car development to introduce new regulations. doing.
“We have never actually developed a current car,” Binotto said. “We introduced some developments at the beginning of the season. That’s it.
“With the exception of the later power unit, this was also a development with 2022 in mind, so all efforts from the beginning of the season have always been 2022 cars and never compromised.
“So let’s say that at some point we tried to penalize 2022 for the benefit of 2021 but never came to our minds.
“I knew I could fight for 3rd place at the beginning of the season. It may have been very tight, but the main goal in 2021 was not to be 3rd place, but to improve every detail. 3rd place with the team. Was simply the result of it.
“I think we reached third place today not because the car itself was developed, but because the team’s various weekend work styles have certainly improved significantly since the beginning of the season.” He added.
Battle with Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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Binotto believes that several factors other than car and engine development contributed to Ferrari’s leap this season.
“I think the racing team has made great strides since the start of the season,” he said.
“We have made a lot of progress in terms of strategy, management methods, communication with drivers, and understanding of what we are doing. We have made significant improvements in tire management.
“I think the team since Paul Ricard has developed many small tools and methodologies to try to make it better.
“Looking at the 6th place last year with few points in the championship, I think we made the most of what we can do with the current regulations, and most cars had very limited development opportunities. 2021 Well about the car.
“Overall, I think the team has made great strides in what they can, so I’m very happy because the third position is a great achievement of the effort.”
https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/ferrari-never-compromised-2022-f1-car-in-fight-for-third/6818739/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-ALL&utm_term=News&utm_content=uk Ferrari “never compromised” the 2022 F1 car in a race for third place