Ferrari fiasco – Vettel’s boss resigned
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There is a lot of dissatisfaction at Ferrari. Nothing works on the Formula 1 track anymore. The drivers are frustrated, the fans angry, the team boss is at a loss. And now of all times two very special races are coming.
BWith Ferrari they know pretty well what they’re doing to the Tifosi. “We are disappointed and angry, just as rightly our fans are,” says Mattia Binotto. The 50-year-old is the team manager at Scuderia. He leads the Formula 1 racing team, which actually wanted to fight for the world championship again this year and celebrate its 1000th Grand Prix participation with glamor and glory.
Instead, after the Belgian Grand Prix, Binotto has to put up with the question more than ever of whether he is still suitable to bring the team out of its difficult crisis. His answer sounds like resignation. “I can’t answer whether I’m still the right man,” said Binotto, others would have to. He says it – as is his way – quite soberly and calmly.
The fact is that Ferrari gives a frightening picture and the 13th place for Sebastian Vettel and 14th for Charles Leclerc in Belgium were not a chain of the most unfortunate circumstances, but simply corresponded to the level of performance. Even in the live ticker of Formula 1 the result was devastating: “Even the drivers don’t understand the car anymore. That won’t help. “
Ferrari’s crisis is damaging the premier class
After the dissonance due to the decision not to extend the Vettel contract, this season has gone from bad to worse for Scuderia, it said. It doesn’t get any worse now. “Slow, shabby, unreliable,” says “La Repubblica” from Italy. And the “Gazzetta dello Sport” judges: “Ferrari shows a lack of ideas and courage. There is plenty of work to be done, but also a lot to think about. “
Even if the Austrian “Kronen-Zeitung” finds the performances of the once so glorious racing team “pathetic”, the competitors tend to be displeased with the crash of the draft horse. “Ferrari is an iconic brand. You should fight at the front, ”warns Toto Wolff. The team boss of industry leader Mercedes is worried. A Ferrari crisis damages the motorsport premier class. Wolff says: “It is not good for Formula 1. It is not good for the fight at the top.”
In response to criticism from the highly successful Mercedes team boss that some people did not set the right priorities when making decisions within the team, the so far unsuccessful team boss Binotto reacts as follows: “We don’t have to answer that.” Binotto has been with Ferrari for 35 years, an engineer through and through. Binotto does not embody a passion that the Tifosi live. At the video press conference with the two drivers after the sporting disaster in Spa, he even felt like joking around here and there. Surprising.
A matter of respect
The fact that fans are not allowed to come to the Royal Park of Monza this coming weekend because of the strict hygiene and safety measures pains the Italians. Vettel and Leclerc should not do much better than in Spa-Francorchamps in the first part of the Italy double. Engine power is required on the high-speed line. And that’s what is particularly lacking this year.
“If we had the choice, we would like fans there,” emphasizes Vettel. “I don’t think we’d be booed.” But he also knows that the fans suffer. One can assume that he suffers.
When asked about what actually drives him when a once so successful pilot who has already won 53 races is currently bobbing around in the lower midfield, Vettel says: “The people around me, the mechanics, the engineers in the garage.” It it sure isn’t great fun fighting for 13th place. “But I’m part of the team, not because of the contract, but also because of the team spirit.” It is also a matter of respect.