WILL VERSTAPPEN BREAK THE RECORD? HAMILTON IS WRONG? DRUGOVICH IN F1? | Paddock GP #303
Ferrari suffered another embarrassment at last weekend’s Dutch GP, when it stopped Carlos Sainz at least twice throughout the race. At two different stops, the team forgot one of the Spaniard’s tires in the first place, causing him to lose several positions, and released him dangerously in the second, resulting in a 5s penalty for the driver. Nico Rosberg directly criticized Mattia Binotto, the head of the Italian team, who insisted on answering.
“My God, Mattia Binotto keeps saying, ‘No, we don’t need to make any changes, everything is going well’. I mean, when will that day come? It’s impossible,” Rosberg criticized Sky F1. “Even the Formula 2 or Formula 3 teams do a better job on their strategies than Ferrari. So you’re in the pit lane and you don’t have a tire in the race. At some point they need to start changing,” he said.
For Binotto, however, the changes should not be on the path shown by Rosberg. According to the Italian, the stability of his staff is very important, and Mattia believes that it is only a matter of time before Ferrari returns to being a front-running team – especially after years without being able to fight. head.
Carlos Sainz suffered Ferrari confusion at Zandvoort (Image: AFP)
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“Firstly, I think it’s very easy to talk when you’re out there. It’s easy to criticize,” Binotto replied in a conversation with Motorsport. “But we will not change people – that is my answer to Rosberg. We have good people, and it has been proven that the most important thing in the sport is stability and the certainty that we improve day by day, race by race. ,” he said..
“We have good people in the team and I have no doubt about that,” he continued. “It takes years of experience for all teams to be at the front, and I think there is no reason for us to be different,” he said.
Despite disagreeing with Rosberg’s comments, Binotto admitted that the Spaniard made a late call in response to Lewis Hamilton’s strategy, which caused the team to forget one of the tires. However, the Italian still believes that solving pit stop problems is easier than solving the car’s loss of momentum – as Mercedes is getting closer and closer.
“Yes, it was a very late decision to answer Lewis [Hamilton] with Carlos [Sainz]. It was a timely call,” he admitted. “But I know, and him [Rosberg] he should also know because he is an experienced driver, that it is easier to solve this type of problem than performance. Performance is the most important thing today, in my opinion,” he concluded.
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