Binotto speaking ‘almost daily’ with drivers

Michelle Foster
Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc 2020

Charles Leclerc said he was intimidated by Sebastian Vettel at first when he joined Ferrari.

The Formula 1 season may be on hold but Mattia Binotto is still maintaining contact with his drivers, speaking “almost daily” to Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

Ferrari was one of the first Formula 1 teams to take its early summer break as Italy went into lockdown.

The country has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, forcing the government to order a lockdown.

That meant Ferrari’s factories, both in the car making side of the business and Formula 1, had to shut up shop with team members sent home.

As such the Scuderia opted to take its summer break immediately.

However, Ferrari could be facing an even longer break as reports suggest Italy’s three-week lockdown could be extended by a further three weeks.

That would not only affect Ferrari but also AlphaTauri.

Despite the extended hiatus, Ferrari continues to look ahead to the 2020 season, when or if it gets underway, with Binotto revealing he keeps in daily contact with his drivers.

“I speak to the drivers almost daily,” he told Sky Italia.

“We talk on the phone and see each other through video calls.”

Whether those phone calls to Vettel involve talk of a new contract, Binotto did not say.

According to reports Ferrari has offered the four-time World Champion a new deal but it is only for 2021 and involves a hefty pay cut.

Neither Binotto nor Vettel have commented on the rumours.

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