Nico Rosberg wondered if Ferrari had made a mistake in letting Mattia Binotto step down at the end of the year.
It has now been known for a week that Binotto will no longer be the team manager next season. His replacement is not yet known, although it should be Frédéric Vasseur.
But according to Rosberg, the Scuderia would have been more inspired to leave room for continuity as is the case at Mercedes F1 and Red Bull, where Toto Wolff and Christian Horner have been in place for many, many years.
« Is it good to change? I don’t know. But what I do know is that continuity is precious in Formula 1, » said the 2016 world champion.
« Mercedes and Red Bull haven’t changed most of their key people for ten years. This is what Ferrari lacks. Being an F1 team manager is one of the toughest jobs in the world. »
« It will be hard for Ferrari, because it’s not like there are many people available on the market. This role is complicated everywhere, but even more at home because of the high pressure. Let’s wait and see what solution they will find… »
Some observers believe that the next Ferrari boss will have to appoint Charles Leclerc as No. 1 driver at the expense of Carlos Sainz. But Rosberg does not see this as the priority, on the contrary.
« No, that’s definitely not the key to the change they need. He’ll have to do like in 2022 and let them run. »
« I would not go to Ferrari with the hope of winning the title »
It has already been six years since Nico Rosberg announced his surprise retirement from Formula 1 after winning his title.
But imagining that he is still present on the starting grids, the German has indicated which team he would like to run for if he had the choice.
« If I was still a driver and could choose which team to race for, I would go to Red Bull to play it safe. »
« Or at Ferrari, because I haven’t had that opportunity in my career and Ferrari will always have a unique charm because of its history. But I wouldn’t go there hoping to win the title. . »