Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto downplays Mercedes’ improvement

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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto questions Mercedes’ progress and says their deficit is still “six or seven-tenths per lap”, which is “like Ferrari last year”.

After spectacular performances by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at the Spanish Grand Prix, word coming out of Mercedes is that they made great strides with the performance of their cars.

Toto Wolff even said his team is “betting” they can still fight for the 2022 championship. However, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto doesn’t believe the German team has improved that much.

“Congrats first to them, because they’ve recovered and they have improved the speed of their car,” Binotto told Sky Sports F1.

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“They were seven-tenths off the pace in the qualifying, during a single qualifying lap, and it’s a short circuit here.

“[In the race], they finished 30 seconds or more from the Red Bull. It could have been 40 seconds to Charles.

“40 seconds over 66 laps is still six or seven-tenths per lap. Six or seven-tenths per lap is still significant.

“That’s like Ferrari last year,” the Italian concluded.

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