February 27, 2024

Carlos Sainz of Spain driving (55) the Ferrari F1-75 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 19, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Picture: Rudy Carezzevoli (Getty Pictures)

Regardless of taking a look excellent at the beginning of the 12 months, Ferrari had a beautiful dismal Method 1 season this 12 months, for numerous causes — technique being one in every of them. Fortunately, group most important Mattia Binotto turns out to have said this reality to media… however he’s satisfied {that a} rapid and dependable automobile can remedy Ferrari’s technique problems.

The document comes from Diario AS, a Spanish sports activities paper. In translation, his quote reads:

“Our ups and downs come from other spaces. Reliability first, the primary precedence, as a result of to win it’s a must to be dependable, and that hasn’t been the case this season. Then the rate of the automobile. We’ve got been very aggressive in qualifying however our race tempo used to be now not sufficient to win. When you’ve got a quick and dependable automobile, you’ll make errors in methods and ‘pit-stop’ however then you definitely compensate with the automobile. This is the place we should put our efforts realizing the ups and downs that methods may cause.”

Sadly, Ferrari already more or less disproved Binotto’s sentiment. There have been reliability considerations with the rapid 2022 Ferrari gadget, sure. Resolving the ones problems would have helped the group and its drivers chase for a Championship, sure. However there have been numerous technique mistakes that totally destroyed an differently excellent race.

Ferrari’s lack of ability to control tire degradation all season lengthy used to be section mechanical bother and section technique worry. A subject like tire deg must be tackled from a couple of angles, however the technique attitude is one in every of them: You merely have to concentrate on how your automobile might vary from, say, Pirelli’s basic simulations. Then you definately have to arrange a race round tire deg, and, y’know, set up a a success pit give up with out fumbling it, as Ferrari did repeatedly this 12 months.

In reality, had Ferrari controlled its technique higher with the automobile it had in 2022, we would possibly have had a spicier Championship struggle. It used to be in no way an ideal gadget, however its reliability considerations paled compared to such things as driving force or technique error. What number of extra issues would Ferrari have won in 2022 if it hadn’t, say, did not prep for a pit give up or had a greater clutch on what tire compounds to modify to and when. Making the automobile sooner and extra dependable for 2023 gained’t magically make all the ones issues disappear.