Ferrari F1 Coach Believes ‘Emotionally Detached’ Binotto is Need of the Hour for Them

Published 08/12/2021, 4:06 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – August 14, 2020 Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference | Courtesy: Reuters


Ferrari coach Jock Clear sat down with the Beyond the Grid podcast and discussed the history of the team and the sport. The iconic bright red cars of the Scuderia can’t help but emit one feeling: passion. A color so easily associated with the feeling, the team also finds its roots in a country known to be extremely passionate. Clear described how passion is the right word for a team like Ferrari, but it is also its downfall.

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Jock explained the difference between the British teams and Ferrari on Beyond the Grid –

“Passion is the right word for what you see when you see what goes on at Ferrari. when they win and when they don’t win, there’s a whole lot of energy there that isn’t in the British teams… Maybe what the strength of the British teams is that they have that ability to not get too emotional about it.”

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifiying REUTERS/Florion Goga

Jock then says emotion is Ferrari’s kryptonite. “The very passion that drives Ferrari is the thing they need to overcome.” According to the coach, it’s the emotions that block decision-making. “The tool that you need is to stay emotionally detached from what’s going on so that you can make good decisions.

But there is a moderator; according to Jock, this is where the team principal comes in. “That’s where you get Mattia Binotto, who is probably enough Swiss that he can just separate himself from emotion.” 

Successful start for Ferrari owing to Binotto

Ferrari is currently third in the constructor’s championship, sharing the position with McLaren. Over the last few years, Ferraris performance had dropped, mostly due to lack of pace. However, this year the Italian outfit has improved tremendously and credit has to be given to Mattia Binotto.

So far, so good, the Prancing Horses have covered a lot of ground this season. Considering that finishing in the top three was Binotto’s main objective going into 2021, the team has not failed to impress.

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Binotto even predicted their fight with McLaren, ” I think McLaren will be very strong again–they got an upgrade on the power unit, so overall I think it will be a difficult achievement but still I believe that as a team as a minimum objective we should try to achieve.” 

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Having set his eyes on the target, Binotto and the team have worked hard to achieve it. Barring a few hiccups, Ferrari has had a successful season so far. But will the momentum continue till Abu Dhabi?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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