Scuderia Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto admitted that he remains inspired by how Michael Schumacher went about his business with the Maranello team in the past. The current Ferrari Team Pricipal was with the Italian side during Michael Schumacher’s years at Ferrari, having started working for the team in their engine department back in 1995.
This means the current team principal had years of first-hand experience of seeing how the 91-time race winner worked, who had a famously meticulous nature and gave everything to the cause:
“Schumacher was the best example of an obsession and continuous improvement approach, because he’s looking at all the details.” – Mattia Binotto said in a recent interview for American weekly magazine ‘People’ – “He was not only focusing on the most important things that happened but there was not a single detail that was left as a stone unturned.” – he added.
With the seven-time Formula One World Champion having had so much success alongside the Maranello team, Mattia Binotto confirmed that he still tries to use Michael Schumacher’s working principles within the Italian side in current days
Michael Schumacher famously tested his cars as often as he could, working long days with his team members to extract all they could from their car, and he is held in a different regard to other drivers through Formula 1 history, as Fernando Alonso previously said.
With the Italian side still waiting for a new Drivers’ or Constructors’ title since 2008, Mattia Binotto wants to apply using the “obsession and winning mentality” of Michael Schumacher to continue the Maranello team’s recovery back to the top of Formula 1:
“Yeah, really a lot,” he said when asked how much the team learned by having the German behind the wheel. “When I’m facing various situations, I always try to think how they would have been solved in the past, taking inspiration. Even the way we are working back at Maranello, in our meeting process, protocols, I’m certainly thinking about that time and a lot of what we did. Back to what we said before, it’s the obsession and the winning mentality. An obsessive and winning mentality means you are always trying to improve yourself. Improving means learning, and you’re learning from experience. Each single experience, you need to make sure that you have learned something, and you are becoming stronger and better for the future.” – he concluded.