Binotto denies claims that Ferrari wants Cowell

Date published: September 5 2020

Mattia Binotto

Mattia Binotto has denied reports that Ferrari is looking to sign Andy Cowell, claiming that he’s happy with the current staff.

As the head of Mercedes’s High-Performance Powertrains, Cowell is a key reason why the German team has been so dominant in the hybrid era that started in 2014.

It was announced in June that he was to step away from his role. Since then, reports have claimed that Ferrari approached him with the hope that he could rebuild their power unit department, and that he turned the offer down.

However, Binotto, the Scuderia’s team principal, says that there’s no truth to the reports, adding that, as far as he understands, Cowell is still doing work with Mercedes.

“In terms of new people joining Ferrari in the future, I think that in F1 you can never be satisfied,” he said to reporters at Monza.

“If there is anyone that can bring added value to the team, it’s our responsibility to look for it and eventually to do it.

“As far as I’m aware, he’s [Cowell] working with Mercedes still. There are certainly great names in F1. Is there someone joining, very soon, Ferrari? That’s not the case.”

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With 2020 being Ferrari’s worst season in quite some time, the team opted to restructure staff and create a new department, Performance Development, led by Enrico Cardile.

While many believe that more drastic actions are required in terms of the backroom setup, Binotto says that he’s happy with the staff, and is confident things will come good.

“We restructured the technical department, now it’s only a very little time since it’s happened,” he added.

“I think normally to see the results of an organisation, it takes some more time.

“I’m pretty happy in the way that I can feel the people feel responsible, understand the matter of urgency of our situation, are working hard, committed and united in the way to progress the car and somewhat progress our competitiveness.”

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