“They are passionate”– Mattia Binotto claims that Red Bull is a brilliant example to follow if one has to seek a road to success in F1.
After its horrible performances in 2020, Ferrari vowed to make a comeback to the top tier of the competition but admitted that it will not be a short and easy journey and have marked 2021 to be a year with limited goals.
To elaborate their plan, Mattia Binotto has used Red Bull’s example; the Minton-Keynes based team has four world titles in its name, but it took time to win them, and even now they haven’t won anything in seven years, but are still showing progress with the same management.
So, Binotto claims that an individual must understand Red Bull’s modus operandi to know that success soon received is never stable, and patience is the key.
“It’s time to continue building, a matter of managing the expectations,” Binotto told RaceFans. “There are no silver bullets in F1. If we look at ourselves at the start of the 1990s to 2000 with Michael [Schumacher] and Jean Todt, it took time to build the team.
“It took time at Red Bull or Mercedes. Even more, if you look to Red Bull. It’s a long time that they are not winning [championships]. But they are the passions without, let me say, no revolutions inside the team.”
“They are passionate, working hard and working well, but to build it takes time. I know I have the full trust [of Ferrari] and I feel the responsibility and it’s my job to commit to the world.”
Full support from the management
When asked about the level of support he received from Ferrari chairman John Elkann, Binotto said that he has been fully empowered and never had a doubt about their faith in him.
“Never [a] doubt about either,” said Binotto. “I know I had that since the very start. So I’m fully empowered and my responsibility. Last year, we invested a lot in our medium-to-long-term future, and I think we made the right choices.
“It’s a matter of time and passion. But, unfortunately, there are no silver bullets, so it’s a matter of approaching mistakes as a lesson-learned approach, ensuring each time a mistake is made, it’s not a matter of blaming someone.
“It’s a matter of understanding what were the reasons, why we came to that choice and that mistake and ensuring we put in place actions to avoid them in the future.
“Stability in the team is crucial as well. We’ve got the same persons doing strategies for many years, and the pit crew is stable. So, keeping stability and building a team that can improve time after time [is the objective], mistakes after mistakes is where we are putting our effort.
“If we look at the season we’ve had so far – solid race weekends; there have been difficult situations like at Imola, the weather, the rain, but I think we always made the right strategic choice and on the engineering side, the pit crew side, it has been quite consistent. That’s important.”