Under pressure, Binotto receives support from Ferrari president

Ferrari chairman John Elkann admitted Ferrari made « too many mistakes » throughout the season, but insisted the Italian manufacturer’s board still had « great confidence » in Mattia Binotto, the current director of Scuderia Ferrari.

After a stellar start to the season with a victory in the opening round in Bahrain, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has emerged as a serious contender for the world title this year. But as the season progressed, reliability issues, strategic errors, as well as driver errors allowed Red Bull and Max Verstappen to take the lead in both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

Before the Italian Grand Prix, sixteenth round of the Formula 1 world championship which takes place this weekend in Monza, Max Verstappen is leader of the drivers’ championship with 109 points ahead of Charles Leclerc while Red Bull is also leader in the constructors’ championship with a 135-point lead over Scuderia Ferrari.

Despite the difficulties, the Ferrari chairman has publicly backed Mattia Binotto, but admits progress is now needed: « We appreciate everything he and our engineers have done, but there is no doubt that the work at Maranello, in the garage, on the pit wall and behind the wheel needs improvement. » believes John Elkann in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix.

“We have to keep improving and that goes for the mechanics, the engineers, the drivers and of course the whole management team, including the team principal. We have seen that there are still too many errors in terms of reliability, management and strategy.

The Ferrari president insisted, however, that he still trusted Mattia Binotto who helped the Scuderia become competitive again: “Trusting Binotto and his team was the right decision and it paid off. Thanks to them, we are competitive and we are winning again. But I’m not satisfied, because I think we can always do better.

Aware that the world title behind which Ferrari has been chasing since 2007 will certainly not arrive again this year, Elkann is already focusing on the coming seasons and believes that the Italian team will be able to win constructors’ and drivers’ titles before 2026, when the new engine regulations will come into force in Formula 1.

“Our first objective was to be competitive. If you’re not, you’re not going anywhere to go, while you can still work on reliability. That’s why I think that before 2026, Ferrari will win the constructors’ and drivers’ titles again, with Charles [Leclerc] in pole position. We are lucky to have two great drivers, probably the strongest duo in Formula 1.”

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