Team radio arguments of no concern to Ferrari

Date published: January 30 2020

Sebastian Vettel Charles Leclerc Ferrari

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has said there are no problems between the team and their drivers via radio communication during races.

The Scuderia’s season was peppered with on-track squabbles and defiance over team orders which wove into a developing narrative that Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were in a fierce rivalry with each other.

However, the two drivers have remained respectful throughout and Ferrari has played down any sort of intra-team war playing out between the pair.

Binotto specifically addressed those instances when the race plan seemingly went out of the window as part of his current assessment of the dynamic between Vettel and Leclerc.

“If I look at the two drivers at the moment and how they are behaving together, it works very well,” Binotto said in an interview with Autosport.

“There is a good spirit, a good benchmark and in qualifying, when Charles is disappointed that he is behind Seb, it is good and positive.

“But between the two, after all the polemics that we may have read in the newspaper about the radio communication, that is one point that is not a concern at all.

“In fact it is opposite.

“It is a good line-up, as well as quite different in terms of experience, driving. For us, that is an advantage.”

Binotto also said there is an acceptance that incidents between the two drivers will occur due to their quality and will to win.

“You have to accept them because that is obvious,” he added. “They are top drivers and they are there to do their best and to win.

“So what’s important for me is that they understand what is the overall objective and understand more about the overall situation [in the race].

“Arguing on the radio is never the best because when you are in the car you do not have the full picture, so then it is a matter of trust: trusting the team, even if you make mistakes, as the drivers may make them.

“I think it is only about clarity and transparency before the race, clarity and transparency also during the season, and then we should face whatever is the situation in the race together before we eventually discuss it.”

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