Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto says his exciting young driver line-up means he has no regrets about not bringing Lewis Hamilton to Formula 1’s most famous team.
With the Italian side reeling after their worst season in 40 years and Mercedes celebrating a seventh consecutive title rout, talk of Silver Arrows superstar Hamilton joining the Scuderia – which has been rife for much of the Englishman’s glittering F1 career – feels a distant memory.
Hamilton still hasn’t signed a new contract for 2021, although he is expected to imminently. Even if not, a blockbuster Scuderia Ferrari swoop is now certainly off the table due to their decline from title challengers to midfield runners, and their new driver line-up.
Mattia Binotto spoke about whether there was a regret about failing to achieve a partnership between F1’s most successful driver, and most successful team.
“I don’t think there will be regret because at the end when we took some decisions, we took them thinking they were the right decisions and today we have a fantastic driver like Charles where we invested a lot as Ferrari,” explained Mattia Binotto – “I think he’s got a lot of talent. If he’s got the right car, I’m pretty sure he can challenge Lewis Hamilton. We’ve made our choices, and I think together with Carlos we are very strong. I don’t think there will be any regret.” – the Ferrari boss concluded.
The 2021 Formula 1 season is set to start on March 28 with the Bahrain Grand Prix after the Australian GP was postponed back to November.