Binotto: It’s not by sacking people that you make a car faster

Mattia Binotto

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto concedes his team needs to show significant improvement after a rough start to the 2020 Formula 1 season, but maintains there is no need for personnel changes.

Second in the 2019 constructor’s championship with nine poles and three victories, the first three races of the new year have seen the Scuderia reduced to a shell of their former selves, sitting fifth in the standings with just 27 points.

And yet while the pressure to turn things around is immense, Binotto maintains his team has no choice but to be patient.

“After three races, it’s clear that we are in worse shape than we expected and we need to react without delay,” he said in his post-race debrief on Ferrari’s website.

“The entire car project has to be revised, while taking into consideration the limits currently imposed by the regulations. I am well aware there is no magic wand in Formula 1, but we have to step up a gear to turn things around, both in the short and the long term.

“It might also be necessary to look at our organisation to improve and strengthen our working methods where the need is greatest. But first, as a team, we need to understand the dynamic that led to this situation.”

Per reports in the Italian media last week, Binotto’s job could be under threat, with GT boss Antonello Coletta in-line to replace him. However, Binotto implied the team’s performance wouldn’t change with someone else calling the shots.

“I have confidence in the people who work in the Gestione Sportiva: we have started out on a long process that should lead to another winning cycle. It will take a while, but the whole company understands and supports this vision.

“That’s why I find it amusing to read some stories that are doing the rounds: it’s not by sacking people that you make a car go faster…”