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Binotto rues missed opportunity for Ferrari at Spa

Rainy conditions often lead to exciting races and surprise results in F1. Mattia Binotto would have appreciated the chance for Ferrari to turn around their weekend on Sunday, though he backs the decision by the Race Director to not race in Belgium.

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto was left to wonder what might have been at the Belgian Grand Prix, as the Scuderia weren't given the chance to bounce back from a poor qualifying performance in a rain-shortened race. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were slated to start the race from ninth and 11th on the grid at Spa-Francorchamps, however awful weather conditions meant that only two laps were completed behind the Safety Car before the race was called off. Rain often leads to surprising results in F1, with Esteban Ocon's first career win at the 2021 Hungarian GP an example of that, and Binotto believes it was a shame Ferrari didn't get a chance to turn their weekend around on Sunday. "Our weekend had not gone particularly well, but it's a shame that we never got to see how things might have gone in a race where anything could have happened," Binotto told members of the media after the Belgian GP. "Now we must concentrate on the next race in Zandvoort, a historic circuit which makes its return to the championship calendar after a very long absence." While Binotto is already looking ahead to next week's Dutch GP, he took time to thank the fans that stuck it out in Belgium. Nevertheless, he believes the decision not to race at Spa was ultimately the right one. "I'd like to thank all the spectators who stayed to the very end at the track, hoping to see what should have been an uncertain and spectacular race," Binotto added. "The Race Director did everything he could to try and get the Grand Prix underway, but conditions were never good enough to do so without jeopardising the safety of the drivers and those working trackside. "The final result was thus determined from the starting grid positions, which means we come away with two points finishes."

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