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Mattia Binotto

Binotto outlines area where Ferrari made 'right choice' in Monaco

After locking out the front row in qualifying, Ferrari lost out in the Monaco Grand Prix, having ended the race with second and fourth places. However, Mattia Binotto stands by one of the strategy choices that the team made.

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Despite Ferrari losing out on a possible victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, Mattia Binotto believes that the team made a correct strategic decision for the latter stages of the race.

The event proved to be a difficult one for the Scuderia. After locking out the front row in Saturday's qualifying, some blunders with their pit-stop strategy resulted in Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finishing the Grand Prix in second and fourth respectively.

This was particularly tough for Leclerc, who had led during the opening stages of his home race, but eventually ended the day off the podium.

In the aftermath of Monte Carlo, Ferrari have carried out an analysis of what went wrong, and recently set out the errors where they had made some key mistakes.

Binotto praises Ferrari for "right choice"

However, one area in which Binotto feels that Ferrari got things right was in deciding to stay on the same set of Hard tyres after the second red flag of the race, which was brought out following Mick Schumacher's crash on Lap 24.

This was in opposition to what Red Bull decided to do, with their drivers, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, running the Medium compound instead.

When asked about the thinking behind this call for Ferrari, Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com: "I think the main reason [was] because I think we were right, in that respect, that the Medium would have had graining.

"[We believed that] the Hard tyres were a lot more resilient and would have given us some opportunity at the end of the stint, and I think [this] is what happened.

"Obviously, once they [Red Bull] got clear graining, they were slowing down significantly. We know in Monaco it is still very difficult to overtake, but I think that the Hard tyres were the right choice.

"It would have been a rolling start anyhow, so you do not have the benefit of the start, and you're not on the first lap."

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