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Mattia Binotto

Ferrari likely to be stuck with significant tyre limitations

Mattia Binotto doubts that Ferrari can fix their tyre wear issues as they look to bounce back from a disastrous French GP at this weekend's Styrian GP.

Sainz Leclerc
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Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admits that Ferrari are almost certainly going to suffer similar tyre issues that they had at the weekend's French GP.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz had their worst performances of the 2021 Formula 1 season so far as they finished outside of the points-paying positions. Binotto confirmed a simple fix is not possible.

“I think obviously we may improve the situation, but to solve it I think we need to have some hardware change," Binotto told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "For example [changing] the rims, which is not possible with the regulations."

“It’s more important for us at that stage really to try to understand and to address it definitively for next year.

"Meanwhile this issue may happen again at some races. We need to prepare ourselves for such a situation in the future to mitigate the problem since it will happen again soon."

The FIA introduced stricter tyre regulations for last weekend's race but Binotto denied that the new rules and the higher tyre pressures had an effect on Ferrari's poor performance.

"I don't think it had any impact," said Binotto. "If I look at the prescriptions, the pressures have been raised on the rear and we seemed to have the issues on front tyres. Nothing has changed for us."

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