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Binotto outlines Red Bull's strengths over Ferrari after Belgian GP defeat

Mattia Binotto reckons the Spa-Francorchamps circuit amplified Ferrari's weaknesses to Red Bull.

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto believes the team still have pace that they can extract to match Red Bull in the upcoming races. After a disappointing race at the Hungaroring before the summer break, Ferrari produced another lacklustre display at the Belgian Grand Prix. Despite finishing third, Sainz was unable to match the pace of the Red Bulls, while sixth-placed Leclerc struggled to make his way through the field as quickly as eventual winner Max Verstappen, who by comparison took the lead after overtaking 12 cars within the first 12 laps. Binotto thinks Ferrari's pace deficit was amplified at the high-speed circuit, with the team able to outline their weaknesses and work on closing the gap in the next few races. "I think that today the Red Bull is simply a fast car compared to what we've got in terms of overall efficiency, because Spa is where you need efficiency from the aerodynamics and the power unit," Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com . "But more than that, we have a lot of tyre degradation which we need to look into, as they have also been stronger in terms of tyre degradation. "Certainly the gap we have seen today is not the gap we will have in the next races. I think Spa is always amplifying the gaps because it's a long track."

Tyre degradation the biggest "element" affecting Ferrari's performance, says Binotto

Tyre degradation has been the biggest factor affecting Ferrari's performance on track, according to Binotto, something both drivers suffered from heavily during the Belgian GP . He added: "We hope in the next races to be closer. "But tyre degradation has been the biggest element affecting the performance today, which we need to understand and try to address as soon as possible, because it will be important for the next races." Ferrari are currently 118 points off Red Bull in the Constructors' Championship, with eight races of the season to go.

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