Former McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard disagrees that Mattia Binotto‘s leadership at Ferrari should be fully blamed for the team’s poor performance this year. The Italian team has struggled with a variety of problems, from dependability to tactical flaws. While in the lead of the race in Barcelona, Charles Leclerc had DNFs because his power unit failed. Then there were the numerous tactical blunders at Monaco, Silverstone, and other places.
Due to the team’s faults, the Ferrari driver has lost far too many points and is now essentially out of championship contention. Nevertheless, Coulthard noted that Leclerc also erred at the French GP when he fell out of the lead.
The former Red Bull driver said that Binotto was not exclusively to blame for the dependability issues with the power unit or for making poor strategic decisions. Coulthard commended Binotto for maintaining his composure in a charged environment at Ferrari. Binotto may be held accountable for some strategic choices, Coulthard continued, but other departments should also take responsibility.
He stated: “I have to think so. because he has been a long-standing member of the team. In what can often be quiet, you know, emotional situations, he actually has a pretty cool head. He doesn’t appear to be spinning the car into the barricades. I don’t assume he is the head of the strategy or the engine’s dependability, for that matter.
Prior to the Singapore GP next month, Ferrari (406) is behind Red Bull (545) in the constructor’s title
There was no need to modify the staff, notwithstanding Mattia Binotto’s recent admission that there will be some operational adjustments.
“We do not need to alter individuals, but we do need to modify some things,” he declared. The manner in which we communicate and the means through which we arrive at our conclusions. There must be adjustments.”
“It could be required to both add value and people. But changing people is not the route I want to go since that is an antiquated method of dealing with problems. Although the development team did an excellent job overall, there are still certain areas [that require improvement].“
It will be interesting to watch how Ferrari does next season and if they can fend off Mercedes to finish in second place. The Ferrari team leader stressed the value of dependability and how it has cost the team this season.