But as that unfolded in front of Leclerc, and just as it appeared he had plotted a way through, the Monégasque was speared in the side by Aston Martin driver Stroll who he has criticised as "unrealistic".
"Having the rain at the start was a great opportunity," said Binotto. "Certainly, the accident at the start was a shame.
"Charles had made a good start, was cautious, making sure not to damage the car. He was in a good position at the first corner, but then the accident happened - really a stupid accident that I don't think should have happened, but that's the way it is."
Stroll mistake not small - Leclerc
After qualifying seventh, Leclerc felt he had the pace in his SF21 "to challenge for the win" given how the race unfolded after the restart.
"Lots of things were possible," said Leclerc. "Obviously, with what happened in the first lap it is very difficult to know where we would have gone from there.
"For the first lap crash, we know that sometimes small mistakes can have big consequences. This time it's not really a small mistake.
"I couldn't see Lance in my mirrors, he was five or six positions back, so it was quite unrealistic for him to try anything there.
"It's life, it happens, it's very frustrating. Quite unlucky on my side this first half of the season but it is what it is. I'm focused to have a better second part."
What do you think?
Clearly you didnt watch the race? Ferrari could have actually taken 1st place if charles was not taken out. He had the track position and he is agressive and talented enough to have taken both ocon and vettel out with in 15laps. But coming back to this post its not a stupid mistake, stroll clearly did this intentionally he had no realistic chance to get through he didnt even try to turn he torpedoed straight into ferrari like wise with bottas he intentionally caused that accident merc knows this is the only way they could get out of having a straight up battle with redbull. Lets be honest redbull with a 100% car this year is beyond merc this year on raw power and merc cant handel it so they play dirty and i
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