According to a recent report from F1inGenerale, Ferrari boss Binotto refused to take part in the live interview on Sky Italia after the Belgian Grand Prix, following some disagreements with F1 Commentator Carlo Vanzini that occurred after the race in Budapest, before the summer break.
Mattia Binotto once again ended up in a controversial moment: at the end of the Belgian Grand Prix last Sunday, the Ferrari team principal did not appear in front of the Sky Italia microphones, preferring to take part in the late evening interview on Rai 2, for the Italian television sport programme Domenica Sportiva.
According to what F1inGenerale has learned, it seems that the Ferrari boss has deliberately refused to be interviewed by Sky Italia after the Belgian Grand Prix due to the friction that occurred in the previous round of the 2022 Formula 1 season in Hungary: precisely the heated argument over the Ferrari strategy in Budapest would have been the caused for Mattia Binotto’s refusal to appear in front of Sky Italia’s microphones at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
In particular, the reason for the disagreement that occurred in Hungary would be reflected in the criticisms expressed by Carlo Vanzini on the strategy adopted by Ferrari for Charles Leclerc at the Hungaroring circuit. The Sky commentator, in fact, had pointed out to Mattia Binotto the mistake of fitting the Hard tires on the Monegasque driver’s F1-75 car, which many had anticipated would not work due to the low temperatures. Mattia Binotto was annoyed by Carlo Vanzini’s words, insisting that the Maranello team did not make any mistakes and that the F1-75 was not competitive with any compound.
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What happened in Hungary and Belgium is not something new. Several times, in fact, Mattia Binotto and Carlo Vanzini have argued over the years, especially in the two years during the pandemic, when the Italian side was not at all competitive. In fact, the slogan ‘Give this boy a car’ became famous in Italy after Carlo Vanzini referred to the enormous qualities of Charles Leclerc that unfortunately he was not often able to show due to a car not up to par. Even in those years there were live disagreements between the two, with Mattia Binotto annoyingly pointing out the commentator’s catchphrase at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix.