Under-pressure Binotto defends leadership, calls for stability at Ferrari

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has said the team needs leadership stability, and reaffirmed his own credentials for the top job.

His comments come as the team faces another difficult time at their home race, and Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel also addressed the weekend.

In the qualifying runs in FP2 Leclerc was ninth and Vettel thirteenth, but the German endured a torrid morning session placing nineteenth behind even Williams stand-in Roy Nissany.

Binotto told Sky Sports: “It’s pretty clear I am the man responsible for the team. More important, I think that stability is a key factor in developing a team.

“We changed too many persons in the past years when things were not going well, and if we look back at the history, even Ferrari at the start of the 2000s, it took a few years for it to become world champions and the reference team.”

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Binotto’s been the Team Principal since the start of 2019, having spent the previous two years as Chief Technical Officer.

While his stint as CTO was a success he’s had a more year and a half in the top job, with Ferrari taking a step back from challenging for titles.

He added: “I think if I look back at what we did this season as a team principal, I think we got some achievements, the renewal of the contract of Charles, the decision with Carlos.

“I think what is more important is the entire team is progressing and I think that we are still very united internally.”

Ferrari had a torrid weekend at Spa, but had hoped the problems could be resolved for Monza.

Charles Leclerc put in decent performances today, especially given the team’s bleak expectations for this weekend.

Over the radio he said the SF1000 was ‘so hard to drive’ and later on he commented on Binotto’s position: “Mattia has been very calm in the situation.”

“Of course we are not where we want to be but I am confident we have the right people to come back where we want to be but for sure there is quite a lot of work ahead of us.”

Ferrari’s four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel addressed his own future.

“The situation is what it is and I obviously have to look after my future.” he told Sky Sports.

“I am solely focused on this year and trying to make the most out of this year for myself, for the team and fulfil my job and then we’ll see what happens.

Obviously it’s not an easy position to be in and not an easy place to be in for the whole team.”