Mattia Binotto refutes ‘Charles Leclerc is in pole place’ at Ferrari : PlanetF1

Mattia Binotto has clarified Ferrari chairman John Elkann’s assertion that “Charles Leclerc is in pole place”, the crew boss adamant Ferrari would not have a primary driver.

Elkann just lately spoke with Gazzetta dello Sport, the 46-year-old declaring that it is just a matter of time earlier than Ferrari return to former glory.

And he believes Leclerc would be the one to do it.

Requested if the Scuderia had ‘two captains’ in Leclerc and his team-mate Carlos Sainz, he replied: “I consider they’re two nice drivers and this encourages them to enhance an increasing number of.

“I’m assured that we’ll win not solely the Constructors’ Championship, but in addition the Drivers’ Championship and that Charles Leclerc is in pole place.”

That’s in sharp distinction to what Binotto has been saying within the two years that Sainz has been with Ferrari.

Becoming a member of the crew final season, the crew boss promised Sainz would have equal standing to Leclerc, Ferrari not wanting a primary on the books as they set about recovering from a win-less 2020 season.

The Italian was requested about Elkann’s assertion, saying his phrases have been misconstrued.

“No, doesn’t imply that,” Binotto stated. “I believe that what our chairman stated if you happen to take a look at the present season, Charles on common has been sooner than Carlos and has been most frequently on pole place.

“However the ambition of the 2 drivers, the ultimate ambition is to win, for each of them, the championship and I believe Carlos is a powerful racer.

“He has proved it final yr, up to now seasons and continues to be proving this season that he’s racer. He’s scoring loads of factors on Sunday, he’s learner and he’s quick as effectively.

“I believe it’s truthful, as a crew, to offer them equal likelihood, definitely initially of the season and thru the season. If necessity shall be there, we might designate who’s bought probably the most alternative to win.”

Leclerc is P2 within the Drivers’ Championship with 219 factors, Sainz 32 factors behind his team-mate in fifth.

Charles Leclerc grinning after taking pole position. Italy September 2022

Ferrari proved at Silverstone there isn’t a No.1

If ever there was ever any doubt about Binotto’s claims there’s no no 1 driver, that was put to relaxation on the British Grand Prix when Ferrari’s technique favoured Sainz, and price Leclerc the win.

As an alternative it went to the Spaniard.

Though on the time it was Leclerc who was closest to Max Verstappen within the Drivers’ Championship, Ferrari didn’t give him the preferential technique and left him out on previous laborious tyres behind a late Security Automotive.

He was attacked by nearly everybody together with Sainz, the Spaniard doing nothing – as one might say is his proper – to guard his team-mate on the restart. Sainz gained the grand prix, his maiden F1 win, and Leclerc completed down in fourth place.

Binotto gave the disgruntled Monégasque driver the now notorious finger wag.

It has been alleged that Binotto’s choice to not again Leclerc triggered discontent amongst the Ferrari personnel, some not eager to attend the rostrum celebration for Sainz.

However whereas that has been rubbished by Ferrari, what it clearly did do was let Leclerc know he’s not the favoured little one.


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