If Ferrari had made a surprise at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, it would have been close. Charles Leclerc however saw a victory at Silverstone come up in smoke due to Lewis Hamilton’s advancing.
While yesterday and today were dominated by articles about Max Vertappen’s exit from the race by Lewis Hamilton and subsequent laps, that does not diminish Charles Leclerc’s performance in the British GP. The lead lasted for a while. Hamilton took the Monegask’s lead just a few laps before it was overtaken. However, Leclerc kept ahead of Valtteri bottas, and was allowed to score a second P2 behind him.
Leclerc wasn’t happy about that but Mattia Binotto, his team boss, was thrilled. “We had a good pace during the race and that’s what I consider the most important thing after the disaster in France, if that’s possible.” The race was won by Ferrari over Paul Ricard, who finished in 11th (Sainz), and 16th (Leclerc), a record low for the Scuderia. Things were a bit better in Austria for the Italians, who had decent points finishes. Silverstone again proved that Ferrari is a team of careful musicians.
Binotto continued his analysis at the microphone. Sky Sports F1. “It is disappointing to have been passed with only two laps remaining, but we need to be realistic about our part: If nothing happens to them they will be. [Red Bull en Mercedes]It was faster. It’s been a great team effort and we now have three races in succession that are running at a good pace.”
Binotto was very happy with Carlos Sainz’s recovery and praised Leclerc’s performance. It started in 10th place and had to make a dramatic pit stop before finishing sixth. “Charles has been very good all weekend: Friday in qualifying, Saturday in the sprint race and today too. Carlos was unluckier. He had problems with a WheelgunHe was unable to finish today’s pit stop, which cost him several positions. But once he had a clear track, he had a good pace and that is positive news for us.”
The Hungarian Grand Prix is still scheduled for the summer break, on a circuit that on paper seems suitable for the SF21. Binotto did not make any predictions. “Budapest is a circuit that lends itself to our car. It will heat up, so front tire wear may be an issue. We will have to be careful, but these last few races promise a lot for our progress.”