Ferrari are in the midst of one of their worst slumps that has seen them go from being one of the top teams to just another midfield team in the matter of a couple of years. In fact, for quite a lot of the 2020 season, they were fighting with their own customer teams like Alfa Romeo and Haas. Team principal Mattia Binotto has now spoken about this and his role in getting the team back to the front
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Mattia Binotto Admits That Time Is Running Out For Him
Binotto began by summarizing their 2020 season
“Overall, it was a very intense, dense season, difficult for many aspects, where our performance was inadequate”
He then pointed out one positive
“Finishing sixth in the constructors’ is very bad as since 1980 that had not happened. But it’s a season where I think we invested a lot in the future”
“We are trying to create the solid foundations which are required to become very competitive and hopefully to open a new cycle for the future”
He summed up his words by accepting how the clock is ticking for him and the team
“There are no changes in our plans, no changes in what is our future. I know that my time is not infinite, certainly. I am pretty aware of the fact that, as a team, we need to do well, and myself as well as principal to do well, in the next seasons”
McLaren’s Lando Norris has predicted that “it's going to be a good season where” they're “going to make further progress”
He added that he likes “working with someone else and learning a few things. Especially if that driver has won several races” referring to new teammate Daniel Ricciardo
Norris further stated that “some even say” Ricciardo “is the best on the grid. For” him, it is “a good opportunity to compare” himself to Daniel
Alfa Romeo’s team manager Beat Zehnder doesn’t see them “racing on temporary circuits in the first half, even though Monaco has assured” them “that they want to host the race”
Former F1 driver Alex Albon has suggested that “DTM is a great series with highly talented drivers in the field and exciting racing”
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has revealed that the “budget cap” in F1 and Formula E “is important for” them, because they “don't have the budget like BMW, Mercedes or Porsche”
He added that “there's still some work to be done before” they “will officially sign” with Formula E. What he “cannot do is step into a championship that may change budgets”
Mattia Binotto has pointed out that “Mick Schumacher will be one of the drivers for Haas (this) year, which for” them “is a great opportunity, showing the strength of collaboration” they have
He reiterated that “Mick is part of” their “FDA and the FDA programme is not there to develop drivers for F1, but it’s there to develop drivers that one day may drive a Ferrari seat, a red car”
Mercedes have announced that they will reveal their 2021 car on the 2nd of March
Mercedes Technical Director James Allison added that they found themselves “in this very, very unusual position over the winter of not having all the normal stresses and strains”
The stresses involved in “the huge production effort of making a new chassis… because many of those aspects of the W11”, their “2020 car, were simply inherited in 2021 by the W12”
He further added that “at this time of year” they “are just full of the anxiety and excitement of waiting to find out whether all this investment that” they’ve “made into the new car will indeed pay off with a challenger that is capable of fighting from the front”
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda has explained that his “number when” he “was racing in karting was 11, but in F1 that’s already taken by Sergio Perez”
So, he “doubled it to become 22, which” he likes “because it was the number of Jenson Button, a driver” he respects “a lot”
Is Mattia Binotto’s time running out as Ferrari team principal?
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