Ferrari needs 'continuous learning', not changes after mistakes - Binotto

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Ferrari doesn't need changes, only "continuous learning" according to team boss Mattia Binotto.

The Scuderia started 2022 with the fastest car on the grid and won two of the first three races, but since then, strategy mistakes, driver errors and unreliability have effectively ended their championship aspirations.

Ferrari's most recent gaffe came in Hungary where a decision to put Charles Leclerc on hard tyres turned a good chance of victory into a sixth-place finish for the Monegasque.

And Binotto admitted results have not been ideal.

"I’m frustrated no doubt, even if I’m maybe not showing it too much, but I’m certainly frustrated," he told Channel 4 after the race in Budapest.

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"Because I know what is the potential of the car, what it has been so far, even if today it’s the first time in the first half of the season that the car was not so great."

However, the Swiss chief is not ready to consider changes to try and address the shortcomings.

"It’s not a matter of bad luck, and there is nothing to change as well," Binotto added. "It’s always a matter of continuous learning and building, building experience, building skills.

"Today [Sunday], certainly there is something that you need to look at and understand why. But if I look again at the balance of the first half of the season, there is no reason why we should change.

"I think we simply need to address what was wrong today, we need to understand, and then address to get back as competitive as the 12 races so far [before Hungary] and the reason why it could not be the case at the next one."

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Leclerc has suffered the brunt of Ferrari's missteps, losing over 100 points due to mechanical issues and strategic mistakes.

"As a leader, he is [key] to continue building, building for the team and building for himself step by step, and I think to look at every single race as an opportunity to win," Binotto claimed.

"We are winning and losing altogether. Today it has not been a great one, but I think there is still much potential and a lot of potential.

"We need to focus first to understand the reasons of today, address them, and come back even stronger."