Binotto Not Happy With Ferrari Criticism: “It’s a Pity”

Published 05/11/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


A lot of pressure is hovering over the Ferrari F1 team, who were once the most feared outfit in the sport. However, now, with the recent downfall ending up as a massive hindrance, the Maranello outfit have kept their expectations to a minimum since the start of this season, declaring 2021 as a season of revival.

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But that hasn’t been the case when it comes to the viewers. People are still criticizing the team for failing to provide the in-form Charles Leclerc with a decent enough car.

One of them was apparently Sky Italia commentator, Carlo Vanzini, who pitied the Monegasque, for constantly being provided with an underwhelming car to race with.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

Of course, Leclerc is trying to squeeze every ounce of performance out of the Ferrari to deliver decent results. In fact, one can definitely say that he is somehow exceeding the car’s potential.

However, there’s also the fact that an entire crew is sweating out each day to contribute to Leclerc’s success. Hence, this logic of praising an individual racer for a team’s accomplishment did not go down well with Ferrari’s boss.

It is a pity to hear such comments: Ferrari

As reported by PlanetF1, Mattia Binotto felt quite disappointed by the fact that the commentator failed to appreciate the team for Leclerc’s on-track success this season.

I was sorry to hear ‘Grande Charles, too bad about the car’,” Binotto said. “It’s a pity in this situation to hear comments that do not give the credit to the team. Because I think this is a team result.

I think we have to recognise the merits of the team. This is a team result, not only of the drivers. The car is definitely better compared to last year.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

We’re happy, we knew it was a difficult race for us because of the tyre degradation. The team handled it well. Last year here we were lapped. So, the progress are clear.

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This has been a decent comeback from Ferrari after a painful 2020 F1 season, having failed to finish in the top five on the constructor’s table. However, this time, they are already in P4, lagging just five points behind McLaren in P3.

Hence, is there better to come from the team? Can Ferrari return to the top three after the brief struggle in 2020? Well, let’s see how the future unfolds.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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