Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has hit-back at Mercedes for their comments on his team’s driver situation, suggesting they should focus on their own business.
Speaking in May about the Scuderia’s decision to part-ways with four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel at the end of 2020 season, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expressed surprise his rivals decided to make the move prior to the season even starting.
Asked about these comments in an interview with La Stampa, Binotto explained it was taken with consideration for his driver in mind, while implying Wolff was not extending his own drivers the same courtesy.
“Regarding our driver decision, I’m glad Mercedes always has opinions about us,” he said. “I’m surprised they haven’t signed the contract with Hamilton yet too. We would have done it much sooner. We decided this out of a sense of transparency towards Seb.
“He must think about his future, we could not delay the decision. Our choice was fair to him and gives us credit. If Seb went to Mercedes, I would be happy for him. He is a 4-time world champion and he deserves a top team.”