‘Honestly’: Mattia Binotto hits out at baseless Ferrari rumour

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have fallen out of title contention this year.

Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto, has rubbished suggestions that his team suffered as a result of the rule changes midway through the 2022 season.

This year, Formula 1 went through an unprecedented volume of rule changes as ground effect aerodynamics made a return, and Ferrari and Red Bull adapted to it best.

They have won all 16 races between them so far in 2022, while Mercedes have dropped off, and have managed a best finish of second.

However, performance was not the only thing the Silver Arrows were suffering from as a result of the new era – the “porpoising” and bouncing phenomenon caused by the new aero rules was becoming unsafe.

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Fears over long-term physical health led the German side to push the FIA to make changes to the technical regulations, and the governing body introduced a technical directive (TD) in Canada.

Stewards and scrutineers can now ask teams to raise the ride height of their cars if they are oscillating too much, but that was not the only influence they had on the 2022 rules.

Moving skid blocks inside the floor were also banned as of the Belgian Grand Prix, and there was a clampdown on floors that deflected by more than 2mm.

Ferrari and Red Bull were against the changes, as they felt Mercedes were using safety as an excuse to convince the FIA to change the rules, and help them get back to the front.

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However, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez dominated in Spa to take a one-two, before the Dutchman earned his fourth and fifth consecutive wins in Zandvoort and Monza, respectively.

They have been sprinting clear of Ferrari and Mercedes, who are in the battle for second in the championship with the Italian side.

The Milton Keynes-based team’s increase in pace compared to Ferrari has been linked with the floor changes, but Binotto insists this is not the case.

“No, it has nothing to do [with it], honestly,” he said, quoted by GPFans. 

“I know there have been a lot of rumours on that but that is not the point. 

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“As I said in Hungary, we are not quick enough and maybe we need to simply review the packages we introduced or the way we are balancing our car. 

“The potential of the car could be higher.”

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have taken four wins between them this year, the last of which arriving through the Monegasque in Austria.