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Mattia Binotto

Binotto reveals how Leclerc dealt with two disappointing weekends

The Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix both proved tough for Charles Leclerc, with a DNF from the lead in the former and a pit-stop strategy blunder resulting in him losing out on victory in the latter. Ferrari's Mattia Binotto admits that this disappointment was shared by the whole team.

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Mattia Binotto has revealed how Charles Leclerc and Ferrari dealt with the disappointment of two tough race weekends in a row prior to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Leclerc looked to be on course for a win at the Spanish Grand Prix, but was forced to retire from the lead due to a mechanical issue on his car.

Just one week later at his home event in Monaco, the Scuderia driver locked out the front row with teammate Carlos Sainz, and again was in P1 for much of the early stages of the race.

However, a pit-stop strategy blunder resulted in Leclerc dropping from P1 to P4, leaving him frustrated after the Grand Prix.

Binotto says Ferrari share Leclerc's disappointment

Following two difficult weekends for Leclerc, Binotto admits that the feeling was shared by the whole team.

This means that they all tried to use the opportunity to look at how they could move forward from what happened.

"His disappointment is our disappointment as well," Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked how Leclerc had dealt with recent events.

"I think he was certainly disappointed, as we were, and you need to turn that into [something] positive as a team. Try to look at what happened, try to have lessons learned, and try really to look forward.

"I think that, already the day after, we started having our internal discussion, looking at the numbers to review the decision, why we decided that and that."

No blame on Ferrari team

Binotto says that the strategy call in Monaco was a difficult one to make, but he feels that it has been learned from.

"I think it came out that it was not an obvious call," he explained.

"I cannot blame the team for the decision we took at the time, but certainly something to learn from it, to try to improve more, and [now we are] ready here for Baku to fight again."

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