Ferrari President builds on Binotto: "He must lead Leclerc and Sainz to the title".
By Robert McGillivray 15 September 2020 | 02:06
Ferrari may not have done as badly in Formula 1 in years as it has this season, but President John Elkann has no plans to send Mattia Binotto on his way. On the contrary, the current team boss of the Scuderia should help the upcoming drivers duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to secure Ferrari's next title.
In Elkann's view, it would be the wrong choice to dismiss Binotto. "If you look at the last ten years, in which we haven't become champions, you can see that we have always made changes within the organisation of the team. We have also become weaker because the competition has pulled people away from us," says Elkann at Sky Sports, referring to Aldo Costa, among others, who switched to Mercedes in 2012 and plays an important technical role there.
"What we want to do with Binotto is the opposite: we want to lay a strong foundation and strengthen it further. We are currently taking steps to that end. We are aware of where we are now and we are using that to improve the team. We cannot afford to become even weaker, that has already happened too much", says Elkann.
Leclerc and Sainz need to get the next title to Maranello
With Binotto at the head and Leclerc and Sainz as the new driver duo, Elkann hopes that Ferrari can reach the top again in the near future. "In 2022 we will have the opportunity to reap the benefits of this new set-up. That's a great opportunity for Charles and Carlos to take the title. We are proud to have such young talents on board and hope to once again become world champions with them".
Elkann has learned an important lesson in recent years. "It's not enough just to have great world champions on board. That is not a magical recipe to win. The goal is to lead these young drivers to the world championship. We know for sure that this is the way to succeed". (Photo: Wiki Commons)
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