Maranello’s side fought all season for third place with McLaren, but edged out their British rivals in the latter part of the campaign, thanks in part to the results of the last three races.
Ferrari are 39.5 points ahead of McLaren with just two races to go after the Woking side managed to score just four points in the last hat-trick in Mexico, Brazil and Qatar.
But despite the progress made by Ferrari – which finished sixth in the standings last year with less than half the points it scored in 2021 – Binotto insists the focus has been on developing its car 2022 for the introduction of new regulations.
“We never really developed the current car,” Binotto said. “We introduced a few developments at the very start of the season and that’s it.
“Except for the later powertrain, but the powertrain, again, that was a development towards 2022, so all of our efforts since the very start of the season have always been the 2022 car, we don’t. have never compromised.
“So let’s say it never even occurred to us to try at some point to penalize 2022 in favor of 2021.
“We knew we could have fought for third place at the start of this season, we knew it could have been very close but we knew our main goal in 2021 was not third place but to try to get us improving in every detail as a team and third place was simply the result.
“I think that if today we reach third place, it is because the team, the way they work on the different weekends has certainly improved a lot since the start of the season and not because the car itself has grown, ”he added.
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, fights with Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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Binotto believes that several factors outside of car and engine development have helped put Ferrari forward this season.
“I think the racing team since the start of the season have made a lot of progress,” he said.
“He has made a lot of progress in terms of strategy, management, communication with the pilots, understanding of what we do. He has improved a lot in terms of tire management.
“I think the team since Paul Ricard has developed a lot of small tools, methodologies to try to do better.
He added: “If I look at where we were last year, sixth, with few points in the championship, I think we made the most of the current regulations and most of the car had some opportunities as well. very limited development because of the car in 2021.
“So overall, I think the team made a lot of progress with what was possible to do, and for that I’m so happy because yes, the third position is a great result of the efforts.”