"It didn't look too pleasant" - Binotto offers no excuses for Ferrari's shambolic Spa form
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has conceded his team faces an uphill struggle to salvage something from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
The Scuderia head into qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps facing the embarrassment of one of its cars being knocked out in Q1 a year after locking out the front row of the grid, with Charles Leclerc going on to claim his maiden win from pole position.
In Friday practice, Leclerc and Vettel were also-rans, limping to 15th and 17th, split by Williams' George Russell, whose team-mate Nicholas Latifi was less than a tenth of a second behind the four-time F1 champion.
"It didn't look too pleasant from the outside - but from the inside as well," assessed Binotto, as Leclerc was 1.7secs off the pace of Red Bull frontrunner Max Verstappen, with Vettel two seconds adrift.
"Certainly we were not competitive, both in FP1 and FP2. We struggled to make the tyres work, lacking grip in both braking and acceleration. It gave no overall performance to the car and the drivers complained about overall grip.
Ferrari must bring in a quality expert to determine strengths, weaknesses, and determine what went wrong, why it went wrong and implement comprehensive corrections. For the tam manager to s say that “ things don’t look good” makes one think that an organizational roadblock is to blame or worse; maybe they actually don’t know how to correct the multiple issues slowing them. Either way, they can’t afford to wring their hands and hope for the best. It’s time to use the world class resources available to them and get on with it.
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