Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto: “Mercedes is coming back”

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Mattia Binotto says Mercedes “looked more competitive” than Ferrari at the Mexican Grand Prix, which he believes points to the German team “coming back”.

At the Mexican Grand Prix, Mercedes took the fight to Red Bull on merit, which hasn’t happened a lot in 2022.

On the other hand Ferrari had one of its worst showings of the year, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz nowhere near the fight for the top step of the podium.

After the race, Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto said he believes Mercedes is making a comeback.

“Mercedes is coming back, they’ve looked more competitive than we did,” the Italian said.

“We know we stopped development on our car quite early, focussing on 2023 and somehow I’m not too… let me say concerned by the rate of development because I know when we stopped developing it.

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“Certainly if I look at the last three races it has not always been great, but Singapore we were very competitive.

“The one after – Japan – yes it was very wet, we were not as fast as Max [Verstappen] but it was not a drama, certainly not in quali.

“Then in the States in Austin, again I think in the quali we were competitive then not as much as we expected in the race.

“Here [Mexico] I think it’s a lot worse, so I don’t think it’s the same trend, Singapore competitive, Japan not too bad, USA good quali.

“So I think here it has been a lot more difficult and I’m hoping it’s not a trend, just an [outlying] weekend for us,” Binotto concluded.

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