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F1 | Dutch GP | Binotto: “It is easy to criticise. But we will not change people - that is my answer to Rosberg.”

Motorlat asked Mattia Binotto for his response to Nico Rosberg claiming 'F2 and F3 teams do a better job at their strategy and pitstops than Ferrari'.

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F1 |  Dutch GP | Binotto: “It is easy to criticise. But we will not change people - that is my answer to Rosberg.”
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Scuderia Ferrari’s strategy calls and pitstops have already been the subject of memes and much discussion – mainly criticism - during this season. Normal race goers, pundits and former drivers have all made their feelings felt. One such former racer, 2016 F1 Drivers’ World Champion Nico Rosberg, claimed that F2 and F3 teams are better at pitstops than those in the Ferrari ranks. Motorlat asked Scuderia Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto for his response to such a remark. The man leading Scuderia Ferrari did not hold back stating “It is easy to criticise. But we will not change people - that is my answer to Rosberg.”

Scuderia Ferrari’s title challenges have been hit hard the last few months due to a mixture of driver errors, strategical errors and human errors at pitstops. Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix was the latest one to bring disappointment to the Tifosi - when the race had looked so promising.

At a time when Carlos Sainz was battling with seven-time F1 Drivers’ World Champion Lewis Hamilton, it all went wrong in the pits. A late call was too late for some in the Ferrari garage which meant that only three tyres were ready to be fitted to the Spaniard’s car.

The disappointment didn’t end there as Carlos Sainz was later given a five-second penalty for an unsafe release, during the flurry of Safety Car pitstops, as he almost made contact with the Alpine of fellow Spaniard - Fernando Alonso.

As the latest round of social media memes was generated, Nico Rosberg hit the headlines for his comments broadcast on Sky TV. The 2016 F1 Drivers’ World Champion is banned from the F1 paddock as he is not vaccinated for Covid-19. Nevertheless, this does not stop Sky F1 beaming him in on a live linkup to share his thoughts. Following the latest round of struggles for Scuderia Ferrari – Nico Rosberg did not hold back and went so far as to suggest personnel in junior categories handled their team better than Ferrari does in the pinnacle of motorsport and due to this should be replaced.

"Oh my goodness, Mattia Binotto keeps saying 'No, no, we don't need to make any changes, everything is going well'. When is the day coming? It's not possible – even Formula 2 teams or F3 teams do a better job at their strategy and pitstops than Ferrari. You go to the pits and there's no tyre there in a normal race? At some point they really need to start making some changes." Rosberg said on the matter.

When asked post-race by Motorlat for his response to such remarks, Scuderia Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto replied "First, I think it is so easy to speak when you are outside [of the F1 paddock]. It is easy to criticise. But we will not change people - that is my answer to Rosberg. We have got great people and it has been proven that what is more important in sport is stability and that we make sure we are improving day-by-day and race-by-race.

"We have got great people in the team, and I have no doubt on that. It takes years and experience for all teams to be at the front, and I think there is no reason why it should be different for ourselves."

Mattia Binotto then went on to explain how the situation in the pits came about as they attempted to avoid an undercut by Hamilton. "Yes, it was a very late call to react to Lewis [Hamilton] with Carlos [Sainz]. It was too late a call," he said. But I know as he [Nico Rosberg] should know as well because he is an experienced driver, that it is a lot easier to address those type of problems rather than the performance. The performance is what counts the most today in my view."

With such a hard-fought challenge ahead, a close to perfect weekend in Monza from all team personnel will be much needed - something Scuderia Ferrari have found hard to come by in 2022. Even so, Ferrari continues to have a very fast race car and it goes without saying that the expectation for victory at the Italian Grand Prix will be high. A neutral race fan will surely hope to see a wheel-to-wheel battle between Scuderia Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and a resurgent Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. One thing’s for sure, if it doesn’t go to plan for those in red, there will inevitably be those ready to have their say on the matter – no doubt starting with Nico Rosberg.


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