BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 31: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 31, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mattia Binotto laid out the directive for Ferrari in 2022, saying that there would be no miraculous rise to the top.

Ferrari hit rock-bottom in 2020 after finishing sixth in the Constructors’ Championship. It was their worst result in over four decades of racing, and prompted some winds of change in the team.

The result saw them clinch P3 in 2021, beating fierce rivals McLaren after trailing for much of the season.

It was an impressive season for Ferrari, but throughout the year, they have been stating their intent to challenge for the top spot. That is why they shifted their attention to 2022 earlier than their rivals. The team is being tipped to deliver on their promise, but their boss remains hesitant to declare his intent.

Binotto laid out the directive for Ferrari in 2022, saying that the victories will not come at the drop of a hat.

“They have taught us it is difficult,” the team principal told Sky Italy when asked about the last two years.

“Not even in Formula 1 does a magic wand exist. It’s about working seriously, trying to improve continuously and you have to do it step by step. You have to be better than we have been.

Mattia Binotto looking out from the Ferrari garage. Britain, July 2021.
Binotto (pictured) is cautious regarding 2022. Source: planetf1.com

“These two years have taught us the fatigue of not being able to compete for the best positions and to be patient. After all, we can’t say we are satisfied, and we are not happy to see others celebrating.

“So I say fatigue, patience and when it’s important, to improve in order to reach these goals and objectives of ours.”

Destiny

“For Ferrari to get back in front is our responsibility,” he continued.  

“As Ferrari, winning must always be the objective. An obligation is a presumption. In F1, nobody can say they will win before they even get on the track.

“In our DNA, however, there is the need to compete and fight for pole positions and victories every time. This is a goal the whole team has very clear. We are all working hard to get the team back to where it belongs, with the best.”

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