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Binotto: "I'd rather fix a fast and unreliable car than the other way around"

The Italian team was affected by a double retirement at the Azerbaijan GP , where Charles Leclerc suffered a spectacular engine failure while leading the race, after the KO of Carlos Sainz due to a different hydraulic problem.

Leclerc also suffered a power unit failure in Barcelona, while Maranello ‘s customer teams Haas and Alfa Romeo also had problems this Sunday.

Binotto said he was not surprised that the team had some reliability problems after making a big effort to improve the power unit over the winter in a bid to narrow the gap to last year’s leaders Red Bull and Mercedes.

“I’m not surprised, but I am concerned and somewhat disappointed,” he said. “Because I think it’s something that we have to try to fix, and we haven’t done that yet.”

“But I can’t blame the team, because I know the effort they’ve put in to match the performance of the past. I know it’s a long journey, and we didn’t have our hopes up at the beginning of the season.”

“Like I said, it’s a journey we’re on, and there’s still one more step to take at this point. I think as a team we’ll come back together, work hard. We’ve been able to do a good job so far, We know the job is not done, but we will do it.”

“I’d rather have good performance and try to fix reliability than the opposite.”

Mattia Binotto, Team Principal, Ferrari, in a press conference

Binotto admitted that the team’s biggest concern is that they still don’t have a definitive solution to the causes of the power unit’s ongoing reliability issues.

“It’s a concern,” he declared. “It’s an even bigger concern because I don’t have the answer, and I’d like to have it right now, and know what the problem is.”

“Just the fact that you may have to fit another new engine… it’s very early. Sometimes the problems you may have don’t have a short-term solution.”

“So I don’t know what strategy we have to adopt, is it just a shorter mileage, or a different usage type, or another short cut solution.”

“So it’s something that I think we’ll understand in the next couple of days, and hopefully we’ll have a clearer answer by the time we’re in Canada.”

After what happened at the Azerbaijan GP, Binotto does not believe that the team is obliged to win in Montreal next weekend in order not to drop out of the fight for both world championships.

“I don’t think it’s a must win at all. We will focus race by race, and try to optimize our potential on the weekends. This Sunday, for sure, something has gone wrong, and it’s not just reliability, we have to look at all the details”.

“But when we get back to the factory I think, as always, we’ll have to learn the lesson, try to understand, move forward and try to do it as soon as possible, and make sure everything we’re doing is making our car stronger.

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