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Ferrari

Binotto reacts as Ferrari lose the lead in both championships

Charles Leclerc lost what looked set to be a comfortable victory after retiring midway through the Spanish Grand Prix due to technical trouble at Ferrari.

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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has vowed to "look at the positives" after a crushing retirement for Charles Leclerc at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Leclerc was controlling the race from pole position until he lost power due to an as yet unidentified engine issue, forcing him to retire the car.

It means the Monegasque's pre-weekend championship lead of 19 points was wiped out in one go, with race winner Max Verstappen moving six clear.

Meanwhile, Red Bull have jumped 26 points ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors' thanks to a commanding 1-2 result.

Speaking after the race, Leclerc urged Ferrari to get to the bottom of their problems, though did point to the team's raw pace and tyre management as positives to take forward.

Binotto shares Leclerc's views on retirement

Offering his reaction to the retirement, Binotto shared Leclerc's fundamentally positive outlook, but is also keen to swiftly get on top of the technical trouble.

"It's certainly a hard day," Binotto told Sky Sports F1, with Carlos Sainz only able to salvage fourth in the other Ferrari after an early spin.

"I was just listening Charles and he's right. We need to look at the positives. I think we've got the pace. We had good pace in the race as well.

"It will be a long season. It happened to the others, today it happened to us. There are still many races, so I think that's part of the game."

Binotto also backed the efforts of Ferrari's engine department in Maranello.

"If you look at the outstanding job the power unit guys back home made so far, we can certainly not blame them," added Binotto.

"We will try to understand it as soon as possible and address [it]."

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