“We need to be realistic with ourselves and with our fans” – Binotto

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has said his team needs to be realistic with themselves and their fans after another disappointing Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Maranello-based team had expected another tough weekend but believed they would fare better than their results in the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.

Charles Leclerc had a strong qualifying session on Saturday, managing to get his SF1000 to fifth on the grid, suggesting there was an improvement in the car, but on Sunday he went backwards crossing the line down in eighth, while Sebastian Vettel was down in 10th, despite only 12 cars finishing the race.

Speaking after the race, Binotto added that their performances are nowhere near what they expect, but that they have to be realistic to themselves and their fans that they will not miraculously improve overnight.

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“A very disappointing result brings to an end an historic weekend for Scuderia Ferrari at our home track, Mugello, with our one thousandth Formula 1 Grand Prix.” commented the Ferrari Team Principal.

“While yesterday, at least with Charles we managed to get a result in line with our expectations, today we didn’t have the pace to allow our drivers to fight with their nearest rivals, suffering especially with tyre degradation.

“Both Charles and Sebastian did the best they could, given the performance level of the car.

“We are working hard to try and correct its basic faults, but it’s not something that can be done in a short space of time, nor with a few updates.

“That doesn’t mean we won’t be bringing new solutions between now and the end of the season, but we have to be realistic with ourselves and with our fans.”

Leclerc added that the car was difficult to drive on the hard compound tyres and that the team needs to get their heads down and work hard so that improvements can be made further down the line.

“The car was quite difficult to drive, especially on the Hard tyres.” added the Monegasque driver.

“Towards the end it became a bit better on the Softs, but overall, it’s very tough at the moment, so we need to keep our heads up and stay motivated.

“It’s very important to keep this in mind in times like these. Hopefully we will see better times coming soon.”