In the middle of a season with a clear race for the championship between Ferrari and Red Bull, the Maranello team has hit the wall on a number of occasions due to mechanical and strategic issues as well as driver errors and the French GP was no exception. Charles Leclerc exited the race on lap 18 due to a mistake and this allowed Max Verstappen to take the lead.
This event not only allowed the Dutchman to win the race, but also allowed him to move 63 points clear of Leclerc in the driver's championship and put Red Bull 82 points clear of Ferrari in the constructor's standings.
After the race, Mattia Binotto said he is not focused on counting points, that he is simply focused on getting the best results in every race and mentioned the team is ready for Hungary: "I am not counting points. If you had asked me before this race what was the difference with Red Bull or Max, I couldn't answer because I'm not looking."
"What we are focused on is trying to go to every race and get the maximum result out of it. It didn't happen here at Paul Ricard, but I think we are already focused on Hungary and going there for the 1-2."
Despite the monagesque accident causing a DNF for the Italian team, Binotto said he was reassured by the car's performance and that there is no reason why the red team could not win the remaining races of the season: "There is no reason not to win 10 races between now and the end."
Likewise, the Maranello-based director clarified that, while something could happen, he is not counting on something unforeseen for the Austrian team: "I think the way I look at it is positive, and I like to be positive, being optimistic. Could something happen to Max and Red Bull? It's already happened to them as well as to us. Maybe it will happen too. "
"But I'm not counting on it. I think we have to focus on ourselves and do the best we can."
Finally, Mattia Binotto said he is confident in the team and is not ruling out the championship:
"What I have said to Charles is that things are more complicated, but not impossible," he said when asked by MotorLAT. "And simply we will enjoy more in case we can turn it into a victory at the end.
"We need to stay focused in each single race. If I look back on the last races, we had always a great potential. It didn't turn into the best results in terms of championship points, but right now there is no reason why in the next 10 races that cannot happen.
"The potential is there. The drivers are fantastic. So I am pretty positive."