Ferrari F1 Team : The media has not been kind to Ferrari, putting the blame on the drivers, and Mattia Binotto. But Binotto feels it is more of a car problem, which needs to be fixed fast.
Ferrari have had an underwhelming start to the 2020 season. The surprise podium by Charles Leclerc in the Austria GP was undone by him crashing into his teammate in the Styrian GP.
Just as when the tifosi were hopeful that Ferrari will turn a leaf after bringing in upgrades for the Styrian GP, things went south-hill a minute into the race.
Charles Leclerc, pushing to move ahead on Turn 3, hit the kerb, sending his car straight onto Sebastian’s rear wing. The latter’s rear wing was damaged, and headed to the pit lane, not to get a new wing in, but to retire.
Leclerc pitted right before Vettel, getting his front wing changed. It wasn’t enough though, as the damage was too much for him to continue the race.
Soon, after this, Team Principal Mattia Binotto was seen heading towards the garage from the pit lane, evidently to speak to his drivers. He later expressed disappointment, but refused to put the blame on anybody for the incident.
Media launches a verbal attack on Ferrari F1
Tuttosport, one of Italy’s leading newspapers, did not spare Leclerc and Vettel, though.
“The two drivers destroyed all the work of the engineers”. This points to the fact that the upgrades had to be run for the entire race for analysis.
“One thing is certain: since the death of Sergio Marchionne, the Scuderia has seemed disoriented.”
Roger Benoit, a senior journalist, called out one person in his piece for Blick. “This Ferrari crisis has a name – Mattia Binotto.”
Ferrari Team Principal Binotto put the blame on the car
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Mattia Binotto had this to say, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “How to get out of this is not trivial. We must understand the origin of the problem in order to progress.
“It could be a car concept problem that underlies the project, so the most important thing at the moment is to be open and to analyse everything from every point of view.”