Ex-Ferrari chairman: ‘Binotto is too alone’

Date published: July 20 2020

Mattia Binotto, Ferrari team principal

Ferrari’s former chairman Luca di Montezemolo believes Mattia Binotto is unfairly being left to carry the can single-handedly for the Italian giants’ F1 struggles.

From being perennial World Championship challengers, Ferrari have descended into the midfield so far in 2020 with their power unit lacking the performance of its Mercedes counterpart as a consequence of Technical Directives issued by the FIA.

But of more concern to Di Montezemolo, who founded the Formula One Teams Association, is that Binotto does not have the support of a strong team around him, unlike the days when the Italian giants were dominating the sport with Michael Schumacher their star driver.

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In an Italian media interview, reported by Topspeedblog.it, Di Montezemolo said: “Today’s problem arises primarily from the organization. Ferrari has it totally different from other teams. Mattia Binotto is too alone. There are no other teams organized like this.

“Binotto, who is a young novice as technical director, is responsible for sports management, driver management, technical areas and must also deal with politics.

“In my day, I built a team with the best of the best. There was Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Paolo Martinelli, Stefano Domenicali…

“Formula 1 is like great international football. You don’t look at passports…to win you have to look for the best and then grow the men who are there inside of.

“In Ferrari, talents have recently gone away. First (James) Allison, then (Lorenzo) Sassi, all ended up at Mercedes.

“Partly out of anxiety to win, partly out of inexperience, mistakes were made. It is wrong to think of doing everything at home. Formula 1 is not managed as a publicly traded company or as a large industrial reality.”

In the first three races of the 2020 campaign, Ferrari have registered only one podium finish courtesy of Charles Leclerc’s P2 in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Both of their cars were lapped by winner Lewis Hamilton in the Hungarian Grand Prix as Leclerc finished outside of the points in P11 and Sebastian Vettel, who is being dropped from next year’s driver line-up in favour of Carlos Sainz, claimed P6.

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