Race pace key to Ferrari improvements
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the Italians have made good progress in several key areas this year but need to improve their speed in races if they want to challenge for wins.
The Scuderia are currently third in the Constructors' Championship after a strong start to the 2021 campaign and are currently at 250/1 to scoop the team prize, while current leaders Red Bull are 1/2.
While there is still some work to do before they are on a par with Red Bull and reigning champions Mercedes, this year has certainly been a step in the right direction for Ferrari after finishing sixth in the 2020 Constructors' standings.
Their performances in the last two races in Monaco and Azerbaijan have been particularly encouraging with Charles Leclerc securing pole position in qualifying twice.
Team mate Carlos Sainz Jr was also able to register the team's first podium of the year when taking second in Monte Carlo and Binotto is pleased with many aspects of what he's seen.
The team principal has now set his sights on getting closer to Red Bull and Mercedes in terms of their race pace, Leclerc having failed to convert his two poles into wins due to Ferrari's struggles on the soft tyre.
"I think there are two cars ahead of us that are clearly stronger, without a doubt. But we are making progress. We are making progress because we are learning about the car and we are using the car better than at the beginning of the season," he told motorsport.com
"We definitely need to improve our speed in the race, without a doubt. But I don't think we were mediocre in free air. We were struggling in dirty air and both drivers mentioned that. So that's also what our analysis is going to focus on," he added.