Without a doubt, this 2021 season is being much better for Ferrari than 2020. After having led the British Grand Prix for 49 laps, Lewis Hamilton managed to move him into second place and subsequently clinched the victory. Although they have not yet reached their potential that they had in seasons like 2018 or even 2019, the Maranello team has made a significant advance over last season. There has been so much progress that the Italians have already managed to score -in just 10 races in 2021- all the points they obtained in 2020. This in addition to the fact that the last British Grand Prix was the third consecutive race in which both Ferraris scored points. Their last race in which no Italian car scored was at the 2021 French Grand Prix, however, Mattia Binotto, who serves as Ferrari's team principal, has admitted that they are very happy with the results they have had after France, even losing the last race with only 2 laps to go.
“I think it was obviously disappointing [to lose the win to Hamilton] with two laps remaining, but I think we should also be happy; happy with the performance of the race, with the performance throughout the weekend." Binotto affirmed as reported by the official website of the highest category of motorsport.
“After France too, I think the team's results, we somehow understood the weaknesses and now it's three races in a row where we've had a good race pace, which was a weakness at the beginning of the season. We are showing how with a team, progress can be made and that is what makes me most happy, especially when we look at the second part of the season." The Italian declared.
Carlos Sainz has also had a great season in his new team. After moving from Woking to Maranello, the Spanish driver did not have the best of beginnings and was somewhat scattered in his stage of adaptation to the car, so much so that at the Imola Grand Prix he was weak in pace and made numerous mistakes . However, he has been improving every time and at the last British Grand Prix, Sainz managed to finish in sixth position, this despite a rather slow pit stop. Mattia Binotto also shared his opinion and confirmed how the team showed itself after France, a race in which neither car made it into the top 10, ergo, neither scored points.
“I will not go into details, but we certainly worked a lot in the simulator with the drivers, with the team, trying to better understand what is wrong, how to approach it, and I think these are what makes me happy and pleased, is to see the progress we've made.”
As Binotto well commented, the second part of the season is usually very good for Ferrari, as it adapts easily to its SF21, and it will also be made easier for Red Bull. So far and after 10 races have been completed, Ferrari is in fourth position in the constructors' championship, behind Red Bull, Mercedes and McLaren. The British team have a 15 point lead.