Binotto makes rules for Ferrari drivers – “We have often told Leclerc and Sainz about this”

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has made up some rules for the Ferrari drivers should they end up battling for the world championship.

Ferrari has Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in their ranks. Leclerc is one of the elite talents on the grid. He has been a mainstay at Ferrari for a few years, and is one of the most consistent drivers racing today.

However, 2021 marked the first time the Monegasque was beaten by his teammate. Said teammate was Sainz, who joined Ferrari from McLaren. The Spaniard pipped his Monegasque counterpart to P5 in the Drivers’ Championship on the last day of the season.  

With both evenly matched in terms of pace and racecraft, Binotto made up some rules for the drivers in case they end up as opponents in the battle for the Drivers’ Championship.

“In terms of drivers, as we have often said, that the track that will dictate it,” Binotto told RacingNews365.com, as quoted by formula1news.co.uk.

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Sainz (left) with teammate Leclerc (right). Source: formula1news.co.uk

“The priority is always the team but, no doubt, if they can compete for an important position in the championship, that will be the track that will tell who’s ahead.”

Multiple factors in play

“Sometimes, I think it’s not only about driver talent and driver capacity,” the team principal continued.

“A driver can be unfortunate, and having damages, reliability issues, crashes. “So I don’t think that we need, at that stage certainly, we will not have a policy of number one or number two, but we simply discuss it based on positions on track whenever it will become.”

Ferrari will unveil their 2022 car on 17 February, less than a week from the first pre-season test in Barcelona.

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