The role of the Ferrari team Mattia Binato says the fourth and fifth in the Australian Grand Prix does not reflect the potential of his car in 2019
Sebastian Vettel ranks third, but was defeated at the Max Verstapen podium in Melbourne, and Charles Lekler shut up Vettel late, but he was told to keep his position. While Ferrari is a favorite before the start of the race, Binotto admits that his own team predicted he would be much more competitive than he could show. "You're right, not what we expected," Binotto said. "I think winter testing is definitely different. From Friday FP1, we never found the right balance of the car, and we were fighting the tires.
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"We tried with a different approach to setting over the weekend, but I have to say that we never had the right balance – unfortunate in qualifying yesterday, then obviously after you're in the park and it's what you got. I think today's performance simply reflects what we had in the qualifiers yesterday.
"Overall, we were not able to find the right balance at the weekend and we lacked a grip. Have we got it yet? Probably not. It's something we have to go back and analyze all the data and try to really judge what happened. "
While Binota recognizes a new benchmark compared to pre-season testing,
The conditions here are certainly different from Barcelona – it is more unstable and much worse than in Barcelona. , different temperature and climatic conditions. So there are certainly external factors that may have influenced the car's performance.
"But we did not find the right window or the right balance of the car. As I said, it is still not fully understood – something we have to try and understand. One thing we are sure about today and this weekend is that this is not the real potential of our car. We are sure that the potential is certainly bigger and we could not use it over the weekend. "
After capturing Vettel, Leklerk asked if he should stay behind his teammate and told him he had to give up, Binot explains that the team does not see any benefit by allowing positions to change.
"When Seb went up and put the middle tires, he did not start with the new tires with the grip he expected and was attacked by We decided to keep his position on the track. He was driving the tires to the end and I think 10 laps to the end, we decided not to risk and to keep our positions and bring the points for the cars home. "