Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto maintains his driver pairing of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel is an ‘advantage’, despite their on-track tension throughout the 2019 season.
Speaking in an interview with motorsport-total.com, the Italian stated his belief that the competition between the two drivers brings out the best in the both of them.
“If you look at the two drivers at the moment, how they behave, it works well,” he insisted.
“If Charles is disappointed in qualifying that he ends up behind Seb, that’s positive.”
Asked whether he has any concerns about some of the shots each took against the other on team radio, the 50-year-old managed was similarly optimistic.
“On the contrary,” he replied. “The driver duo is good. But of course there are differences when it comes to driving style or experience. This is an advantage for us.”
Nevertheless, that ‘advantage’ has not always worked out well for the Scuderia, with their race-ending crash in Brazil being the most prominent example.
For his part, Binotto remains philosophical.
“You have to accept both like this because it’s obvious. Both are top drivers and both want to do their best and win.”
Heading into the 2020 season, the team principal insists there will be no designated “number one” driver, and yet while he understands the tensions that can bring, he hopes each driver will temper it by considering what might be transpiring outside the confines of their own cockpit.
“It is important for me that they understand what the ultimate goal is and what the overall situation is in a race … After all, you never have a complete overview in the car.”
However for that to work, Binotto concedes he must build trust between all parties.
“It’s simply about clarity and transparency,” he said.