Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said he “can’t remember” what he said about his former driver Sebastian Vettel earlier in the season.
Sebastian departed the Italian side at the end of 2020 as their third-most successful driver of all time. But, in that season it was clear that this relationship had reached a point of no return.
The Maranello team decided before the 2020 Formula 1 season began that Sebastian Vettel would not be retained for the 2021 championship, and what followed was a slump that led Seb to P13 in the Drivers’ standings.
In his place arrived Carlos Sainz, and after the first round in Bahrain where both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc scored points, Mattia Binotto’s reaction appeared to carry a shot at Sebastian Vettel as he spoke of finally having two drivers that he could count on.
“I’m really happy with the drivers, I’m happy to be able to count on both of them finally,” he previously told Sky Italia.
“Then the motivation is important, the wish to grow as a team and not only with the drivers.”
But, asked by the same outlet at Imola about this veiled dig at Vettel, Mattia Binotto was evasive.
“I can’t really remember what I said or meant,” said the Ferrari boss – “But we are very happy with the way Carlos drives and behaves.” – Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto concluded.