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Binotto is focussed on the future

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Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto was absent from the Turkish Grand Prix, and has revealed he will miss at least two of the remaining six races this season. The Italian has detailed his reasons for staying in Maranello.

For most, if not all the teams, the focus has now shifted entirely to the development of the 2022 car. The sport will embrace a whole new set of rules and regulations, and the teams have been working all year on designing the new cars. Having missed the Turkish GP, Ferrari boss Binotto said he will miss at least two races to oversee the team’s work in Maranello for 2022:
This is one of the races I was targeting to be back home,” he said in Turkey. “Obviously the calendar has changed a couple of times since the very start, so I changed a bit my plans, but certainly Turkey was one of these ones. I will skip at least another two races before the end of the season. At the moment I’m planning Mexico and Brazil.

“The reason is, as you may imagine, especially Mexico and Brazil, overseas, it’s a long trip, while here back at Maranello there is a lot to do, clearly much to do. It’s an entire team to manage, both the chassis and the power unit, and the entire organisation. We are in terms of 2022 development certainly in a critical phase, where time is getting closer and closer.”

The Scuderia’s racing director Laurent Mekies has been taking the lead trackside while Binotto has been back in Maranello. The Italian misses the paddock, but believes this is the best way to further the 2022 development.

“From the way I’m managing the race weekend… on Thursday and Friday, being in the office, I can certainly be more focused on whatever is happening back here in Maranello. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s fully dedicated to the race weekend. I’m missing the networks in the paddock, but Laurent Mekies can do a great job.

“I’m very happy with how he is managing the entire team when I am not there, so I am very happy with that. I am being told as well that the flight to Istanbul was very bumpy, so I’m very happy to skip!”

Ferrari are currently battling McLaren for 3rd place in the constructor championship. The Italian team are just 7.5 points behind McLaren, with drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc just separated by 0.5 points (116.5 vs 116 respectively).

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