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Binotto: Engine concern not only factor in Ferrari's Mexico drubbing

The Ferrari boss has admitted that the team's poor performance in Mexico was based on more factors than just running the engines down on power.

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has admitted that their Mexican Grand Prix drubbing was down to more factors than just engine concerns. The Italian squad were comprehensively the third best team at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with Red Bull and Mercedes fighting for Pole Position and then the win and podium positions. Carlos Sainz finished fifth ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc, but the two were nearly one minute down on race-winner Max Verstappen, with Leclerc the last car on the lead lap. Post race, Binotto revealed that the power units were turned down for reliability concerns, but there was more to Ferrari's disadvantage than just that.

Binotto on Ferrari struggles

"I think both of them were compromised and in terms of power units, we were not at our best for the weekend," Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com. "But I don't think that explains the most, it is part of the equation, but there is more than that. "It is something we certainly need to look at, but there is no clear answer. "The ride was not great, the balance was not great. "I'm pretty sure if I'm listening to the drivers later on in the debriefing, they will tell me that the car was not turning. "The reason has to be looked at, but we do not have a clear explanation right now. "We were running maximum downforce at the end. "We tried to reduce it in FP2, but then we went back, so we didn't try to mitigate [a lack of power] by downforce level but it [is] true in terms of the turbo, it is maybe a little turbo. "We are not as efficient and we didn't have the capacity to at least run maximum power here."

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