Brundle: Ferrari should've given Binotto more time, Seidl move bad for McLaren

Brundle: Ferrari should’ve given Binotto more time, Seidl move bad for McLaren

Brundle: Ferrari should've given Binotto more time, Seidl move bad for McLaren
Martin Brundle reflected on the recent Formula 1 team bosses reshuffle ignited by the resignation of Mattia Binotto from Ferrari the domino effect reaching McLaren and Alfa Romeo.

Mattia Binotto submitted his resignation from his team principal role at Ferrari back in November, with Frederic Vasseur being tipped to replace him.

On Tuesday, the F1 team bosses merry-go-round was spinning hard, with Vasseur announced to be out of Alfa Romeo heading to Ferrari, while Andreas Seidl left McLaren to fill Vasseur’s position, the former replaces by Andrea Stella an inhouse promotion at Woking.

Martin Brundle gave his opinion on the latest moves, and admitted he wasn’t sure Ferrari took the right decisions letting their team boss go.

Changes will destabilize Ferrari

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“I’m not quite sure why Ferrari would choose now to have a month without a boss. I do think they should have given Binotto more time,” he told Sky Sports.

“If I was Mercedes or Red Bull right now, I’d be smiling because continuity is everything,” Brundle added. “As Formula 1 seasons get longer and more intense, you have to be careful of these sea changes of personnel.

“Mercedes have got real continuity, as have Red Bull in key personnel. Fred Vasseur has got to go in and find his way, get established, understand, and it’s a tall order,” the Briton pointed out. “It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s going to take time unless you are a part of the fabric like [former boss Stefano] Domenicali was and like Binotto has been.

“It is such a fundamental change and it will destabilise them in the short term, it has to. Everybody will be slightly off balance thinking, where do they stand, and what’s next. They’ll be in limbo,” the 63-year-old maintained.

Matters are not better at McLaren

Brown: Stella was always our number one choice to lead the team

Brundle also reflected on the changes as McLaren, with Andreas Seidl jumping ship to Alfa Romeo to lead their future project with Audi, and feels they will have a negative impact on the team as well, in particular their drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.

“There’s no doubt about it, losing Seidl is bad news for McLaren going forward,” he claimed. “He’s had a long term relationship with the Volkswagen group with Porsche so I can understand what he’s done and I can understand why McLaren wanted to expedite that.

“But this is not what they needed,” the former F1 racer went on. “The big thing for McLaren is their new wind tunnel in 2024.

“So Lando will be looking at it thinking, why has Andreas jumped ship? What has Andreas seen at Audi, that he much prefers to McLaren?

“Oscar [Piastri, new signing] will be disappointed as well because he would have done all the discussions, all the imaginations, with Andreas, for Oscar to join and Lando to stay.

“Lando is very close to Zak (Brown) and he is doing a great job there, there’s a good structure at McLaren. I don’t panic in the slightest for them, but you can’t read this as good news,” Brundle concluded.