Binotto: Sacking people won’t make the car faster

Date published: July 21 2020

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Mattia Binotto is adamant Ferrari won’t be firing people in the midst of a disastrous start to 2020, saying that won’t “make a car go faster”.

Three races into this year’s championship and Ferrari is down in fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship.

While Mercedes has raced to three victories, Ferrari has managed just one podium. Mercedes is leading the standings on 121 points, Ferrari has just 27.

The Scuderia’s wretched start has led to speculation that heads could roll with Binotto’s first on the chopping block.

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According to Italy’s Corriere della Sera, Ferrari bosses John Elkann and Louis Camilleri are ‘already working on an alternative in case the situation worsens with the name of Antonello Coletta, the current manager of Ferrari’s GT competitions, circulating’.

Labelling Binotto a ‘silent leader who is not used to moving around the F1 tables’, the Italian’s days in charge could be numbered.

Binotto, however, says firing him, or anyone else for that matter, won’t help the situation.

“I have confidence in the people who work in the Gestione Sportiva: we have started out on a long process that should lead to another winning cycle,” he said in the wake of Sunday’s Hungarian GP.

“It will take a while, but the whole company understands and supports this vision.

“That’s why I find it amusing to read some stories that are doing the rounds: it’s not by sacking people that you make a car go faster…”

Sunday’s race was a low point for Ferrari with both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc lapped by race winner Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel finished sixth on the day while Leclerc was down in 11th place.

Although Ferrari knew before the start of the season that its SF1000 was down on pace, Binotto concedes it is worse than initially feared.

He told Ferrari.it: “After three races, it’s clear that we are in worse shape than we expected and we need to react without delay.

“The entire car project has to be revised, while taking into consideration the limits currently imposed by the regulations.

“I am well aware there is no magic wand in Formula 1, but we have to step up a gear to turn things around, both in the short and the long term.

“It might also be necessary to look at our organisation to improve and strengthen our working methods where the need is greatest. But first, as a team, we need to understand the dynamic that led to this situation.”

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