Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto denies that the Maranello-based outfit finds itself in a deep crisis, following a disappointing display at Spa Francorchamps. Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in P13 ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc in P14, after they endured an overall tough weekend in Belgium. Both drivers were eliminated in Q2, lamenting a significant lack of power compared to the other competitors.
Binotto, speaking to Sky Italia after the race, stressed that the Italian team is merely going through a ‘storm’ rather than drowning in a crisis.
“Crisis? No, it’s wrong. It is an awful result in a very tough season. We already knew that from winter testing, Covid-19 and the new regulations. We are in the middle of a storm but we have to look ahead and work hard for the future”.
Binotto also admitted that the SF1000’s lackluster performances come from flaws on the chassis as well as on the engine. Ferrari therefore approaches Monza with a rather humble and disillusioned attitude.
“We understand the tifosi and we are sorry about this. - continued Binotto - The car lost power compared to 2019 just like the others, but back then we were partially making up for it with a more powerful engine. We must improve in that area”
“I’m the first one who will take responsibility for this, along with everyone at Maranello. We are all very united. There is no tension, just bitterness and frustration, which we have to transform into determination”.
Ferrari currently stands 5th in the Constructors' championship, having collected 61 points, while Renault is in 6th and only two points down.