Binotto leaves out Sainz from title bid – “Leclerc will lead the campaign”

Mattia Binotto left out Carlos Sainz from Ferrari’s title bid for next season, saying that he thinks Charles Leclerc will be the one up top.

Ferrari haven’t won a world championship for nearly 15 years, and that is not ideal for a team of their pedigree and reputation. They are synonymous with victories and trophies, but both have eluded them for a long time now.

Ferrari’s 2022 promises to be a cracker, with ‘title contender’ written all over it. It will be the first time they challenge for the championship since 2017. If they manage to nail the regulations like they say they will, we might see the men from Maranello return to the summit.

However, Binotto left out Carlos Sainz from the title bid talk, and backed teammate Leclerc to get the job done for them.

“We have invested in him (Leclerc) for the long term because we are fully convinced that he will be the man who will become the next world champion,” he told GP Racing Magazine, as quoted by formulanerds.

Sainz: Data shows I can be as fast as Leclerc in F1 qualifying
Leclerc and Sainz (left to right) will be stalwarts for Ferrari next season. Source:

“If and when Ferrari produces a car capable of fighting for the title, Charles Leclerc will lead this campaign.”


Binotto’s complete snubbing of Sainz was unexpected because he is a big fan of both drivers. To Sainz’s credit, this season has seen him walk into a team for the first time and perform above all expectations.

The Spaniard adapted to the car quickly and secured multiple podiums this season. If it must come to results, he is matching his teammate for them as well.

While Leclerc is no doubt a very talented driver and could be a future world champion, there is no reason to think Sainz isn’t capable of doing the same thing.

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