Mattia would not disclose the role of Vettel. He admitted that the car has improved from 2020, but it is difficult to fight on the podium.
“Good data correlation is very important to us. We are better than overall in terms of aerodynamic efficiency and engine performance. The scene of the car and its driver is quiet and there is no internal conflict.
“The two points are a good starting point. The cooperation between Carlos and Leclerc has been very good, and we can finally count on these two drivers. “Understanding it is also very important for us, because it also affects the spirit of teamwork,” the engineer said yesterday. When we return to the top, our drivers will become each other’s opponents,” he added. “Carlos is close to Ricardo, although his career is affected by his starting position. But his game is very solid as usual,” Pay attention. “We chose Carlos because we knew that he was very strong in the race and he performed well. He has confidence in the car and he adapts well to the team.”
Binotto had already proposed a few months ago that the team’s priority is 2022, and at some point they will have to leave SF21. He said: “I don’t know what Red Bull and Mercedes will do.”
“But for us, it is difficult to fight for the podium this year, they are stronger than us. We can fight for the third place among manufacturers, for which we will have to compete with McLaren, and maybe this car will satisfy us throughout the year. “He added. “The drivers will give us their understanding of the car, as well as a sense of improved pit stops and strategy. This is the goal of this season, because we are very concerned about 2022, so the development of the car will not be too great. The important thing is that news is helpful and positive. “
A stronger McLaren? Leclerc himself confirmed: “We are definitely better than last season, but there is still a long way to go. In terms of speed, there are still shortcomings compared to Lando Norris. He is very, very fast, just like Red Bull and Messiah. Like Des, they are not in our range,” Monaco admitted, leading Sainz in sixth place and second.
“Now I am more optimistic than last year, so when you look at the progress we have made, it’s not bad. Now we must continue to work hard.”