Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto started off by giving an example of the type of pressure Sergio Marchionne would put him under.
“The pressure was there, no doubt. That was the most difficult thing dealing with him. The pressure was such that you had always your mobile [phone] next to you, day and night, because if he was sending you a WhatsApp, you had to reply within 30 seconds”.” – the Ferrari boss explained.
“Living with the phone next to you was not easy. That was the type of pressure, certainly his way of putting pressure, making sure that you are always awake, always ready to reply. He’d text me in the middle of the race as well. Maybe not in the middle of the night but early morning no doubt.” – he added.
He then spoke about the grey areas in the regulations after revealing if their 2019 secretive deal with the FIA was a result of exploiting such a grey area
“Could be. Could be. I think, first, it’s part of the sport try to interpret the grey zone of the regulations. I think in that respect all the teams are doing it. But then it’s what you interpret as grey or not grey”
He signed off by confirming why they developed the grey areas so much
“I think it’s obviously always a limit which is very borderline and difficult. But yes, he certainly pushed us – not me, but us – a lot to develop the grey areas as much as we could” – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto concluded.