The spotlight is shining just that little bit brighter on Vettel following his latest mistake in wheel-to-wheel combat at the Bahrain Grand Prix against his rival Lewis Hamilton.
A fresh wave of criticism has struck the four-time World Champion, but both Binotto and Ferrari are continuing to provide an atmosphere that helps to try and bring out the best in him.
“My work with him is working with the whole team,” Binotto told Speed Week, when discussing his relationship with Vettel.
“For the driver, it is important to feel the confidence of the team.
“We give everything to make him feel good.
“But more important than that, in my opinion, is a strong car.
“After all, everything works better with a good and fast vehicle.”
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Binotto then added: “It has to be a car that suits him.
“We have a close working relationship with our drivers, and this is primarily about the performance limits of the car and about addressing the right problem areas.”
Binotto also went on to speak about the challenge of managing two “very ambitious drivers” after making the step up to team principal during the off-season.
He said: “Of course I now have to manage the drivers as a team boss, that was not the case before.
“That’s not always easy, because both are very ambitious.
“But I think that’s a good thing, because it’s important that we have the right fighting spirit in the team, and that includes the drivers.”