“I Have Never Done Such Things”-Ferrari Boss Binotto Takes a Massive Dig at Toto Wolff

Published 10/30/2020, 3:08 AM EDT
NUERBURG, GERMANY – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto walks in the Paddock before final practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Mercedes and Ferrari have always been fierce rivals on the grid. It is understandable that this rivalry also trickles down to their respective bosses.

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In a recent interview, Binotto commented on Wolff’s discussion with the German duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher in front of Ferrari’s garage during the Eifel GP weekend.

During the interview, Binotto was asked about the reason behind his hatred for Wolff. He said, “I wouldn’t talk about hatred, but respect. I don’t want to beat him, I want to bring Ferrari back to victory.”

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The German trio was in a discussion during the weather affected Free Practice Session at the Eifel GP. Binotto said in the interview, “The chat with Vettel and Mick in the pits? I have never done such things and will never do it “

For some reason, it seemed like Wolff having a discussion with Sebastian and Mick ticked Binotto off in the wrong way. The Ferrari boss acknowledged that because Wolff is the leader of our main sporting rival, sometimes things get intense.

However, he did mention that as a team boss, he would have never done what Wolff did in front of Ferrari’s pit.

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It is no secret that the bosses do not see eye to eye. The feud has been going on for a while now. It was earlier reported that Wolff refused to sympathize with Binotto over Ferrari’s struggle this season and called the team out for its poor performance.

Meanwhile, Binotto responded that the differences are caused because of a different leadership style. He called out Wolff for talking about another team. Moreover, Binotto claimed that the differences remain because he refuses to be Wolff’s yes-man.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 04: Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 04, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by XPB/Pool via Getty Images)

Binotto also explained Ferrari’s priority for the next season. He seems confident that Ferrari will start fighting for podiums in 2021.

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On one hand, under Wolff’s leadership, Mercedes have completely dominated Formula 1. Whereas, under Binotto’s leadership Ferrari is going through one of their worst Formula 1 seasons.

Binotto has assured the F1 community that he has the backing of his bosses. Although, it remains to be seen whether he can turn things around for Ferrari next season.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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