Second best ‘not good enough for Ferrari’, admits Mattia Binotto
Ferrari are expecting a”very extreme” winter going past 2020 when they’ll attempt to finally mount a continuing challenge to Mercedes.
Ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi of 2019 that weekend, the Scuderia are guaranteed to finish next to Mercedes for the third successive year.
But, whereas for their rivals’ supremacy they mounted a more sustained challenge in 2017 and 2018, this season an attack for a world summit in 11 years failed to materialise to the effort.
Mattia Binotto, completing his first year as team principal, has admitted:”Of course, finishing second will not be great enough for Ferrari and we’re awaiting a very extreme winter to keep building as a group.
“The goal is to come back stronger to be up to the challenges which await us.”
Ferrari form in winter analyzing finally proved unsuccessful with Mercedes dominating the first half of this season while several winning chances were squandered by their Italian competitions.
The group returned in the summer break in form – promising six successive pole positions and winning three times – but have not won in the previous five occasions.
“There have been highs and lows,” approved Binotto. “The first portion of the season did not go the way we wanted, but that I certainly value the way we all stood together, rolled up our sleeves and struggled back.
“Especially noteworthy was how we reacted after the summertime, together with three race wins in a row and a run of six consecutive pole positions, in addition to our triumph in Monza, just days after the incredible celebration of the 90 years of the Scuderia, at Milan, in front of a enormous crowd.”
The 2019 F1 season’s last race will probably be exclusively live on Sky Sports F1, and takes place in Abu Dhabi that weekend.