The response of the Scuderia Ferrari team principal to the critical comments made by former F1 driver by Nico Rosberg for the way in which the Maranello pit wall managed the operational procedures during the 2022 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix arrived fast, just one day after the race which took place at the Circuit Zandvoort
According to the German former driver, changes need to be made within Scuderia Ferrari, otherwise other mistakes will be seen and the situation will only get worse in the future (you can read his full comments here). In the 14th race of a season riddled with many strategy mistakes and reliability issues, the Italian side subjected Carlos Sainz to a 12-second pit-stop early in the Dutch Grand Prix and then unsafely released the Spaniard later on, leading to a five-second penalty.
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto did not give up supporting his team even faced with a new series of errors and was interviewed by ‘Sky Sports F1’, as he continued to defend the work of his men: “I want to respond directly to Nico Rosberg, there will be no change in the staff. We want to provide stability and make sure we make improvements race after race. We have a great team, I have no doubts about that” – Mattia Binotto said when told of Nico Rosberg’s remarks.
The Maranello team seems determined to reject any opinion from insiders. Another thing that perhaps Ferrari should understand is that criticism is made to help one improve and not everyone does it for the sake of criticizing.
Constructive criticism from Nico Rosberg
Let’s take what Nico Rosberg said for example. The former F1 driver has highlighted in a nutshell what he thinks should be reviewed within the team. He did not speak of the need for Mattia Binotto to be fired, but supporting him with a business manager or someone able to deal more with communication within the team and also with the media. Which is certainly not Mattia Binotto’s strong point.
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The current team principal could therefore continue to exercise his leadership from a technical point of view, which he certainly does much better. In addition, Nico Rosberg has certainly invited the team to make changes in terms of personnel, but he also said that if this idea would be not considered appropriate, Mattia Binotto should still intervene in some way given the many errors seen during the 2022 Formula 1 season. Maybe by changing ‘only’ the working methods.
Scuderia Ferrari seems to have isolated itself in its beliefs and goes straight on its way at whatever cost. It would just take a slightly more open mind and approach, otherwise it becomes difficult to expect any real progress.
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