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Binotto: I'm relaxed

Binotto: I’m relaxed

Binotto: I'm relaxed
Mattie Binotto addressed the reports regarding his future at the helm at Ferrari, insisting that he is relaxed regarding what he called speculations.

Over the course of the past week, reports in the Italian media and others as well claimed that Mattia Binotto will be shown the door at Maranello, with Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vassuer being lined up as a replacement.

Ferrari was quick to deny the reports issuing a statement saying: “In relation to speculation in certain media regarding Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto’s position, Ferrari states that these rumours are totally without foundation.”

In Abu Dhabi, Binotto faced the media and was naturally asked about his future; he said: “Ferrari is the most loved team. Seb [Vettel] said once that everyone’s a Ferrari fan, and if they’re telling you it’s not the case, as a matter of fact, they are.

There is always criticism and rumours around Ferrari

“And when there’s such a big passion around it, there’s also… always a lot of criticism and rumours. That has been true in the past, it’s the situation right now, it will be in the future,” he added.

“When this speculation came out, I had a chat with my chairman, John Elkann,” Binotto revealed. “Together we discussed openly what was the best way to move forward and we decided that to release a statement was maybe the best way to close any speculations. Clearly those are speculations, totally with no foundations.

“I think for me right now, what’s the most important is to make sure to stay focused on the race weekend and for the team not be distracted, because certainly the rumours are always there,” he maintained.

Pushed to reveal if his future heading the most famous team in Formula 1 is secure, Binotto responded: “Obviously it’s not down to me to decide, but I’m pretty relaxed.

“The reason why I’m relaxed, I have always open, frequent, constructive discussions with my bosses, with my chairman, not only on the short-term but the medium and the long-term.

“More than that, I think if I look back at season, yes we had a few up and downs, we’re not today the best yet, the fastest car on track. But I think we achieved our main objective, which was to be back, to be competitive in that new era of the 2022 cars,” he explained.

Binotto focused and what he needs to do to improve the Scuderia

Binotto pointed out at the improvement Ferrari showed in 2022, but acknowledged that more word needs to be done to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the Championship, something they failed to do this season due to various reasons from strategy blunders, driver error, and also reliability.

He said: “If I look at the way we started season, I think no one… would ever have imagined Ferrari to be so fast at the start of the season, and that is proving that the team has worked very well through difficult moments, such as 2020 and 2021. We remain united. I think it’s a team that not only works well but has proved to be capable.

“Yes, there are still a lot of things that we need to progress, weaknesses have been shown, but I’m pretty sure that, as we did in the past, we will review, we will try to address them. The team back at the factory is fully focused on 2023, trying to improve.

“Furthermore, I think this season has been outstanding in terms of pole positions, so qualifying pace; not as good in terms of race pace. We know that we have somehow to improve more the race pace, because then strategy or whatever is around it is a lot easier if you’ve got a strong car in the race itself.

“So yes, I’m relaxed, but more than that, I’m really focused on what we need to do,” the Swiss-born Italian concluded.