Mattia Binotto has made a huge Ferrari power claim, saying that the gap to the top contenders isn’t so big anymore.

Ferrari haven’t been the giant of old ever since they were nerfed by the 2019 technical directive. The measure shut down their systems which circumvented the FIA’s fuel sensors suspiciously.

Since then, the Italian outfit has not come close to challenging for the title. This season, they are competing for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship. Their aspirations are now set on the title next season, and they have laid down the challenge.

Binotto made a huge Ferrari power claim, saying that he thinks Ferrari has closed the gap to the power benchmarks on the grid.

“The (additional) power is always available through the straightline, so you get the benefit from it at the start of the straightline and as well at the end,” he said, as quoted by motorsport.com.

“The way we can quantify that; if I look at this weekend, we’re running maximum downforce, but we’re somehow almost matching the speed of the others.

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Ferrari were faster than McLaren at the US GP. Source: ferrari.com

“Considering last year, how the situation was, it is certainly a big step forward. We still know that there is a gap to the best engine today, but we believe that gap is not so dramatic.”

Progress made

Ferrari introduced their new engine this season, and its use has seen their cars beat McLaren for pace. The recent results suggest the Prancing Horse currently has the fastest car, and Binotto agreed with the thought.

“Generally speaking, in the overall balance of the lap, I think we have been clearly faster this weekend (at the US GP),” he continued.

“I think on the paper (sic), it was not a circuit which was suiting obviously our car.

“That’s why I’m pleased with the progress I’ve seen in the last races, certainly the help of the power unit both for qualifying and the race, and that gives me some confidence for the next races.”

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