2021 Formula 1 season: With six races remaining this season, only 7.5 points separate the Scuderia (4th) and McLaren (3rd) in the Constructors Championship. It has been a tightly-contested battle between Ferrari & McLaren this year, with both of them getting the better of each other on several occasions.
Back in Turkey, it was another strong outing for the Ferrari team as Charles Leclerc finished in P4 with Carlos Sainz finishing in P8 after his charge from the back row.
Team Boss Mattia Binotto, who decided to watch the race from the comfort of his sofa back home, said:
“I’ll say it very clearly. Third place is our goal. It teaches the team to work under the pressure of a clearly defined goal.” Something Ferrari would want if it is to win again next year.
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In Turkey, it could be seen that Ferrari was impressive in the long runs, so it was bound to be a positive race for the Scuderia.
Charles qualified brilliantly in P3, but couldn’t challenge the two drivers ahead. However, the new PU did its job.
The new PU is quick, and so was Mr. Binotto to comment on the same:
“Our most important goal at the introduction this year was to gain experience for next year. But it also brings advantages that we cannot quantify in lap times. It helps us in a duel old system, we would have probably ended up two places down.“
There were happy responses from Carlos too, as he made his way up to P8 saying that the new PU helped him benefit from the grid penalty.
Some might argue that had he not taken the penalty, he would’ve ended up in P6, but it was the need because even McLaren at some point might take an engine change penalty.
Moreover, thanks to the upgrade, Ferrari started the charging phase at a much later distance on the straights as compared to its rivals and was among the fastest on the speed traps.
Turkish GP 2021: Leclerc & Sainz nearly had it in the bag
The problem, if you may, with wet races is that you are never too sure about when to pit, something that hurt Charles badly last time out.
When the front-runners made their stops, Charles stayed out, and when it got too late, he boxed, hurting his chances of scoring a podium.
The team thinks it was the right call to extend the stint, but again, you can never be too sure in this type of weather.
Even for Carlos, it was a bit sketchy and dull when he decided to come in for fresh Inters. He stayed stationary for a total of 8.1 seconds.
That slow stop quite possibly cost him a couple of places, but the Spaniard still says that he doesn’t regret anything as the new PU did its job.
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As mentioned above, McLaren could take an engine change penalty (for Lando this time) as Mercedes’ engines are not as reliable as hoped, so Ferrari already has an upper hand in this.
Furthermore, it is also said that at the last GP in Abu Dhabi, both the Ferrari drivers would be allowed to use their PUs to the maximum so, the race is still on!