“Distraction that has led to the current situation”– Mattia Binotto dismisses Red Bull engine being responsible for Mecredes’ dip.
With recent victories by Red Bull, Mercedes tried to downplay its rivals’ accomplishments by stating that the former had an advantage with the new power unit installed in the car.
However, Ferrari’s boss Mattia Binotto rubbishes the claim and claimed that Mercedes is responsible for its own debacles on the track, with their current structure destabilising.
“Before looking at the technical aspects, and it must be acknowledged that Red Bull has done a great job, I think it is right to point out that they are reaping excellent results because they can count on a team that has been stable for many years,” said Binotto.
“Despite having had to face difficulties, despite not having won, they have continued to build a group to try to improve their car. And what we see now is the result of that work.”
“If, on the other hand, we look at Mercedes, already in the last year there have been significant internal changes, with roles that have perhaps been revised. Plus the signature with the driver that arrived only in February.”
“I think they are signs of a distraction that has led to the current situation.”
Red Bull’s current engine data resembles the data from Bahrain
Binotto further explained that why he doesn’t believe in the fallacy of Red Bull’s new engine doing wonders, as he claims that the present data been released by their car corresponds to the data that were present in Bahrain.
“I don’t share [the view] of what I hear and read about, because the performance of the Honda engine, looking at the GPS data, corresponds to the performance they had at the beginning of the season in Bahrain,” he explained.
“Then, they had to reduce performance due to reliability issues. I think by solving that, they’re back to the standards they had at the start of the season.
“There has been no step forward. We, from Bahrain onwards, always had the same level of performance because the engine allowed us to run like that. So for Red Bull, it is not a question of having taken a step forward, because that would not be allowed in the regulations.”