Binotto: the future of Sainz to be discussed during the winter
Carlos Sainz delivered an impressive first Formula 1 season with Ferrari, with team principal Mattia Binotto revealing that the Spaniard’s future will be discussed during the winter break.
Sainz has made a smooth transition to Ferrari this year, as he made Maranello his home in no time at all, and was at his best as he finished his season on the podium in Abu Dhabi, placing fifth in the standings. pilots in front of his teammate Charles Leclerc.
Media asked Binotto on when to discuss Sainz’s future with the squad after the Abu Dhabi GP.
Sainz had a great year
âI think Carlos had a great year,â Binotto began.
âWhen we signed a year ago, we said that winter time is therefore winter time, [is] the right time to sit down and take stock of the season.
âThis is something we will definitely do during the winter.
“There will definitely be a total overhaul, and of the season itself, and we will start to discuss what our future may be,” Binotto confirmed.
Ferrari has the best team of drivers in F1
The Scuderia boss went on to explain the reasons for signing Sainz after showing the door to his predecessor, quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel.
âWhen we signed with Carlos, the goal was to have two good drivers who were good runners, consistent and able to score points for the team,â he said.
âI think that’s what we got this season. So I’m very proud of both of them.
“I think, as I have said many times, that we have the best training in Formula 1, and I’m quite happy with what Carlos has done this season,” he revealed.
âBeing his very first season with Ferrari, it was not easy and obvious.
âWe signed with him because we said he was a good, consistent runner, always scoring good points. But I think he’s also a good learner, âsaid the Italian of Swiss origin.
“During the season he has improved and I think the end of the season is his best part of the whole season,” Binotto concluded.
Leclerc exit clause
The other Ferrari driver, Charles Leclerc, who is currently self-isolating after contacting Covid-19 for the second time, is on a long-term contract with Ferrari until 2026.
However, Gazetta Dello Sport reported that the Monegasque has a performance-based exit clause in his contract, which allows him to break free from his commitment to the team if they fail to secure third or higher in the constructors’ table.
Leclerc finished this season seventh in the driver’s table, two positions behind his teammate, which the 24-year-old will not be happy with and will seek a turnaround in 2022.
Ferrari has spoken of their chances for next year, when new aero and tire regulations take effect, with the team stressing that all their focus is on a resurgence of red in 2022, with all teams starting from scratch.
If Leclerc’s exit clause isn’t just a rumor, it means the pressure will be on Maranello’s side to deliver their star driver a decent car he can fight for victories with, and possibly be the title.