Ferrari would rather have a quick, unreliable F1 car than the opposite.

  • 2023
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Mattia Binotto, the Formula One team manager for Ferrari, would rather have the task of repairing an unstable but competitive car than the other way around.

Charles Leclerc suffered a stunning engine failure while leading the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which was followed by Carlos Sainz's retirement due to an unrelated hydraulic problem.

Leclerc also experienced a power unit failure in Barcelona, while Haas and Alfa Romeo, both Maranello client teams, have also encountered problems.

Binotto stated that he wasn't shocked by the team's reliability issues after a massive effort was made over the winter to update the power unit in an attempt to bridge the gap to last year's frontrunners, Red Bull and Mercedes.

"I'm not surprised and certainly concerned and somehow disappointed," he said. "Because I think it's something that we need to try to fix, and we didn't yet.

"But I cannot blame the team, because I know the effort they have put in to address the performance from the past. I know it's a long journey, and we didn't get enthusiastic at the start of the season.

"As I said it's a journey which we are on, and there is still another step which is required right now. I think as a team again we will stay united, work hard. We have been capable of doing a proper job so far, we know that the job is not finished, but we will do it.

"I would rather prefer to have good performance and try to fix reliability rather than vice versa."

Binotto said that the team's greatest concern is that it has not yet found a definite answer to the reasons of the persistent power unit dependability concerns.

"It is a concern," he said. "It's even more a concern because I do not have the answer, and I would like to have one right now, and know what was the problem.

"Only the fact that we will need to fit another new engine, yeah it's a fact, it's very early in the season. Sometimes the problems you may have are not a short fix.

"So I don't know what will be the strategy we need to adopt, if it's simply shorter mileage, or a different type of usage, or a short fix, because whatever has happened is really a short fix solution.

"So something that I think we'll understand in the next days, and hopefully we'll have a clearer answer by the time we're in Canada."

Binotto rejected the notion that the club must win next weekend in Montreal to resurrect its championship hopes.

"I don't think that it is a must win at all. We will be focused race-by-race, try to optimise our potential on the weekends. Today certainly something went wrong, and it's not only the reliability, we need to look at all the details.

"But when back at the factory I think as usual, it's lesson learned, try to understand, move forward and try to do it as soon as possible, and making sure that whatever we are doing is making the product stronger."