07/14/2020 - 10:32
As if Ferrari sports news, fifth in the Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship after Racing Point, were not bad enough to provoke the warning in the Italian sports media, the touch of Charles Leclerc to Sebastian Vettel that ended with the abandonment of both at the start of the Styrian Grand Prix once again put Scuderia on everyone's lips. Also from former team leaders like Flavio Briatore .
The Italian, who was sports director of the Renault Formula 1 team from January 2002 to September 2009, did not escape the central theme of the week in Italy, gave his opinion and defined what his reaction would have been if it were Mattia Binotto, the boss. Ferrari team, in dialogue with the RAI podcast La Politica nel Pallone .
"The mistake this time was surely made by Leclerc, who wanted to get into a hole where there was no space. Vettel will leave the team and will not help Leclerc, but Seb did not think that anyone would attack him in such a way. After 300 meters, that two cars are no more is a disaster, the mechanics and engineers must be respected and the colors of the team, too, "he observed.
While emphasizing: "These boys must respect the work of the team: I would have made a salty fine of 5-10% of wages, the only way is to touch them with money ."
Binotto was not so drastic, at least a Ferrari decision about what happened between Leclerc and Vettel, who will be replaced by Carlos Sainz Jr. in the next season, was not leaked.
" I don't think there is much more to tell the drivers. Incidents like this can always happen when you start in the middle of the pack and there is no point in blaming it. It is true that we did not really participate in the race, but we cannot hide behind the collision that eliminated both cars, "he told reporters after the second race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
In addition, he was confident that he has "the right people at home to make progress as soon as possible." "In some ways it is a pain to conclude a race like that after just two laps. I think it is the worst conclusion of a very bad weekend for us. I think it is not time to seek responsibility or accuse, it is time to work united, "he added.
On these sayings, Briatore assured that the Italian team "lacks a commander . " "If I were Binotto, I would let this year pass, but also next year and I would think about the development of the car by 2022, when there will be a new regulation: I would not think for a second," he acknowledged.
Precisely, for the Italian the Ferrari car "is too slow", "they have aerodynamic problems and now it seems that also in the engine" and stressed that the current level of the Italian team "is not just a problem for the drivers."
"He can fight for a third or fourth place , he is not fast on dry or wet asphalt," said Briatore, who recalled that "Ferrari has not won for years."
Asked whether an eventual arrival by champion Lewis Hamilton could change the situation for the Italian team, Briatore was blunt: "The driver can make a difference of 1-2 tenths of a second. Hamilton has a great car, now with the superiority he has everything works out for him, nobody gives him a fight ".
Lastly, he questioned the decision to confirm Sainz, now at McLaren, as Vettel's replacement: "It is a young team, there were many errors. I would have waited to announce the drivers, you could look for an option on the driver, then I would not have done this operation in one or two races. "