In the round-up: Ferrari team principal said the team has the best line-up in F1 following the arrival of Carlos Sainz Jnr alongside Charles Leclerc this year.

In brief

Binotto “very happy” with Ferrari’s latest line-up

Speaking after Ferrari moved up to third place in the constructors championship last weekend, Binotto said he was “very happy” with the team’s new pairing for this year.

“I’m very happy for many reasons,” he said. “The first I think we’ve got the best line-up of the entire pit lane. The second because we know Charles is a fantastic driver, very talented, but is still continuously improving and I’m pretty happy with that. He’s got great opportunities as well for a win season. The first was in Monaco but for the reasons we know it didn’t happen.

“And on the other side I think that Carlos is integrating very well. He is improving race by race, he is a great benchmark for Charles as well, pushing him as well when conditions are more difficult.”

Speaking on Sunday before Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification was announced – which moved Sainz onto 83 points – Binotto said he was satisfied with the job his drivers have done in maximising their points haul.

“I think that 80 points each is showing how important it is to have two good drivers scoring points for the constructors. I’m very happy with that and looking really forward because I’m pretty sure that those two guys will give us great satisfaction.”

Spa bars non-European spectators

Fans from outside Europe who bought tickets to the Belgian Grand Prix face disappointment as they will not be allowed to attend the race due to new Covid-19 restrictions.

Ticketholders were contacted recently to be advised of the new arrangements.

“The Belgian government has authorised the holding of the Belgian Grand Prix 2021 with the possibility of hosting up to 75,000 spectators per day,” said the promoters in a statement. “However, hosting spectators within the circuit grounds will be conditional on the presentation of a ‘Covid Safe Ticket’ upon arrival on the site.

“If you are coming from outside the EU, Switzerland, or UK, you will not be allowed to access the Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2021.”

Those attending will be required to provide proof of their Covid test and/or vaccination status. Full details for racegoers are available on the Belgian Grand Prix website.

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