Sebastian Vettel claims Ferrari is not listening to him, meanwhile Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has snubbed the claims made.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari relations amidst this season have been a sordid affair, with Ferrari reportedly favouring Charles Leclerc over the outgoing Vettel.
The German driver as per SkySports, cited by Inside Racing has claimed that Ferrari is not listening to him, while he is having one of the worst seasons if not the worst in his F1 career.
During the post-race in Spain, what areas he felt Ferrari needed to address looking ahead to the next trio of races at Spa, Monza and Mugello, Vettel offered an unexpected answer.
“My opinion is not important anymore,” he told Sky Sports. However, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto defended his side and said Vettel’s words have been taken out of context.
“I think it’s an answer which is in line with his disappointment of not being able to be part of the team next year,” he said.”When he says so I think he means that it’s not his job anymore to advise on the future.
“Having said that, we’re working well with him. And as for the strategy complaints in both Silverstone and Spain. We prefer to talk openly. Others don’t, perhaps so as not to reveal their intentions,” Binotto added to Sky Italia.
“We think it’s the right way even if we ask questions on both sides. Looking at the last races, the choices made have proved to be correct, so we welcome the discussion and the question marks. For us, they are open dialogues that lead us to make the right choice.”
Sebastian Vettel and Mattia Binotto personal relationship steady
Binotto has denied any hardships in personal relationships with Vettel amidst the unpleasant times between Ferrari and the driver in recent days.
“I do not notice what you’re mentioning,” he said. “At least from our side, we’ve not changed a different type of tone or what else, so [I’m] quite surprised. It’s not the case.”
Interestingly, the four-time world champion also appeared to back up his boss’ comments, suggesting there was no need to change their current relationship.
“From my side, it’s no different than it has been,” Vettel explained. “Sometimes you talk on the radio but we see each other the whole day, so you can talk the whole day. You don’t need to talk on the radio all the time. Nothing has changed.”