The world champion became the first driver to win consecutive races this season after overtaking and then turned away from his main title contender Charles Leclerc to win the inaugural F1 Grand Prix in Miami.
Verstappen has won all the races he finished in 2022 and has surpassed Leclerc by 27 points in the last two Grand Prix to reduce Monegasque’s championship advantage to 19 points, while Ferrari are just six points ahead of Red Bull in the constructors ’standings.
Asked if Ferrari was worried about Red Bull’s recent speed after consecutive defeats, Binotto replied: “I would say no [concerned] because I don’t think the difference is big.
“It’s about, at most, a couple of tenths in the race and we should not forget that we closed the first row.
“We had a better performance in the qualifiers than Red Bull, so overall over the weekend I don’t think there’s much difference between Red Bull and Ferrari.”
Instead, Binotto has revealed its concern over the number of upgrades Red Bull has made despite F1’s budget constraints of $ 140 million.
“If there is any concern, it is how much they are developing given the budget constraint – it is certainly a concern,” he said.
Binotto believes Red Bull will not be able to maintain the same level of spending throughout the year and hopes the Milton Keynes team will soon be forced to give up its aggressive development.
“It’s true that Red Bull has improved their car since the start of the season, and they’ve introduced upgrades,” he added.
“If I look at the last two races, maybe they got a couple of tenths per lap faster than us.
“I have no doubt that in order to keep up the pace, we need to develop ourselves and introduce upgrades.
“I hope, since there is a budget constraint, that Red Bull will stop evolving at some point, otherwise I won’t understand how I can do that.”
Ferrari is ready to upgrade the Spanish GP
Ferrari has played a long game so far in terms of development and some major updates have yet to be introduced this season.
However, that is expected to change at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, with the Italian team planning its first major upgrade package to F1-75.
Binotto hopes the new parts brought to Barcelona will give the team the impetus it needs to capture and remake Red Bull.
“In the next races we will at least get our turn to try to develop as much as possible on the car by introducing upgrades,” he explained.
“I think it’s no surprise that we may have a package in Barcelona that will be important to us.
“As usual, I hope the package we present works as expected and in that case can be a good incentive to try to make up for the current difference we have behind Red Bull.”
Binotto says budget constraints have led Ferrari to shift its focus to a more budget-friendly development plan compared to their rivals.
“We don’t have the money to spend on upgrades on every single race,” he said. “So I think it’s that simple.
“Not because of incompetence, but because of budget constraints. So we kind of try to focus development on what we believe is the right time and the right spending. ”
Asked for more details about Ferrari’s plans, Binotto replied: “We will not say what we will do.”