After five races run on at least four very different tracks, Ferrari seems to be back "on track" after the previous disasters of last year. The SF21 was very strong in Monaco, it was among the best in the third sector of the Barcelona circuit, reporting, above all, a very remarkable behavior in traction.
The Maranello team last week, on the Principality street circuit, brought home unthinkable results, starting to dominate from the second free practice session, conquering pole position with Charles Leclerc and climbing on the second step of the most iconic podium of the season with Carlos Sainz.
Mattia Binotto tried to untie a "track-dependent" focus on Ferrari competitiveness:
"I think yes, there will be circuits with low-speed corners where we may be again competitive but it's not a given," Ferrari Team Principal Binotto said.
"Instead of thinking which circuit again will be competitive, I think we're already focused on Baku, which is the next one and then we will be focused on the following, because there is still some room of exploiting better the car."
"I think that we showed we are well preparing the race weekend, we can at least exploit the best potential of the car itself. There will be some developments coming, not much, but they are still coming and it's important that they are working properly," he added.
Sunday was a very heartbreaking day for Charles Leclerc, who didn't even take part to the race due to a driveshaft problem on his car, emerged during the formation lap, but on the other hand was full of positive emotions for his teammate Carlos Sainz.
The Spaniard conquered his first podium with Ferrari, a day that probably he will never forget. When media asked him when he thinks he will fight for a podium again, Sainz replied:
"I think it's a fairly straightforward answer: just look at the characteristics of the Monaco circuit and then try to see which one is the most close to this, you will not find many and you will not find that even those circuits that I'm sure you're thinking of are the same."
"It is not easy to be quick around Monaco and the fact that Charles and me were so quick is thanks also the good performance of the team and how everything has been working this weekend," he said.
"It doesn't mean that we are going to be fighting for pole or fighting for a podium, [with] Mercedes and Red Bull. I believe they still have an advantage on us and it will be very tricky to find ourselves fighting against for a pole position and for a win," he stated.
"That's why this weekend, it's also a bit of a tough one to swallow because you don't know when the next chance will come, but we need to take pride of the step forward that we have made and how competitive the car has been this weekend."