Mattia Binotto, team leader Ferrari, was not present at the last Turkish Grand Prix in order to dedicate more time to the team’s work at the Maranello factory.
Binotto’s absence was taken with humor by Sebastian Vettel. The German achieved his first podium of the season in Istanbul in the third seat and took the opportunity to make a special request at the press conference.
“For the first time this year we got more points than any other team and Mattia (Binotto) was not there. If we don’t get that many points in the next race then we will leave him at home again!” Said the German.
Vettel may have been joking that day, but Binotto took note and will be absent again at the next race in Bahrain, the penultimate date of the 2020 calendar to be held on November 29.
“I am happy not to be on the circuit. My role is to be there in difficult moments,” Binotto told Sky Sports. “I knew the car had improved and these results are welcome and I will not even go to the next (Bahrain) Grand Prix. Our drivers did well, our car has improved and they are more comfortable behind the wheel.”
“In general, we showed a competitive car,” said the director of Ferrari’s performance at the Turkish Grand Prix. “That is the most important thing, because it means that we have understood in which direction we have to go. The car has improved and that is an encouraging sign.
At the moment, it remains to be seen if the director of the Scuderia will only be absent for the Bahrain Grand Prix, or if his decision will include the second competition at the Sakhir circuit, or even extend to Abu Dhabi to focus on Maranello in the works. that allow the team to return to the leading group in the 2021 season, where the technical regulations will remain in force with just a few modifications.
Currently Ferrari is sixth in the constructors’ championship, fighting for third position with Racing Point, McLaren y Renault, with a difference of 24 points to place behind Mercedes and Red Bull.