Vettel sidesteps questions about Binotto’s future

Date published: September 4 2020

Mattia Binotto Sebastian Vettel Charles Leclerc

Sebastian Vettel isn’t saying whether Mattia Binotto is a team boss under fire, adamant he avoids reading the negative headlines in the newspapers.

2020 is not shaping up to be Ferrari’s season. In fact it is proving to be worse than the Scuderia had expected.

Arriving on the 2020 grid with a car that they admitted would not be able to challenge at the very front end of the grid, Ferrari has gone as far as to slump into the middle of the midfield.

With just 61 points from seven races, the Italian stable is currently fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.

Ferrari failed to add to its tally last time out the Belgian Grand Prix, the team recording its worst two-car result in a decade.

It has raised questions amongst pundits as to whether Binotto will still be the Scuderia’s team boss come the end of this season.

Vettel sidestepped the question.

RTL: “After Spa, to what extent is Binotto under fire here in Italy and has to take responsibility?”

Vettel: “I don’t know. Don’t you have to ask him that?”

RTL: “Maybe you read the Italian newspapers…”

Vettel: “I don’t read Italian newspapers. They are not delivered to my home.”

He added: “I read newspapers but not really about F1. In the team we don’t discuss what is written in the newspaper so.”

Sebastian Vettel explaining

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With this year’s championship set to be Vettel’s last with Ferrari, and perhaps even in Formula 1, it is a disappointing season for the German who has yet to reach the podium.

While his team-mate Charles Leclerc has bagged two, scoring 45 points, Vettel’s best result was his P6 from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

That has left him down in 13th place in the Drivers’ standings with 16 points.

RTL: “How frustrating is it when you have to drive your last season with Ferrari like this?”

*pauses*

Vettel: “I wouldn’t say frustration. It’s not the situation we all would have wished for and I would have liked, but it is what it is and we have to make the best of it.”

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