Binotto: Ferrari put the collective interest first

Mattia Binotto

Ferrari has put the collective interest first during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto.

Formula 1 as a whole has taken large steps to secure its future in recent weeks, with a new cost cap and aerodynamic development restrictions ratified by the world motorsport council last week.

Writing in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Binotto said that Ferrari had acted with a strong sense of responsibility during the crisis, putting its staff and the future of F1 first.

“During the lockdown, the internet allowed us to continue to stay connected with our colleagues and to work in a particularly delicate moment, as important decisions were made not only for our team but for all our sport,” he said.

“It was by no means easy to tackle certain crucial issues for the future in the short and medium term, but Ferrari acted with a strong sense of responsibility both towards its staff and Formula 1 more generally, putting collective interest before that of a single party.

“The technology that has helped us in recent weeks can certainly not replace contact with people: if there is one thing I have missed more than anything else, it has been the chance to talk to my colleagues in person in the office, at the test benches and in the workshops and not just with my closest collaborators through a computer screen. For a few weeks now, Maranello has been back in business and, even though many people still work remotely, it is really nice to be able to be together with some of them waiting to see them all again.”

The 2020 Formula 1 season will finally getting underway at the Red Bull Ring in Austria between 3-5 July it was today confirmed, with plans to fit eight races into a 63-day period.

Ferrari’s home race at Monza is currently scheduled for 3-6 September, with an additional race at either Monza or Mugello also under consideration.