Ferrari F1 team representative Mattia Binotto feels he has no regrets about not signing Lewis Hamilton and is happy with the decision to replace Sebastian Vettel with Carlos Sainz. Says.
Late 2019, Italy Gazzetta dello Sport Revealed that Lewis Hamilton had two meetings with Ferrari F1 during the season.
Lewis Hamilton himself later confirmed that discussions had taken place at Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, and Ferrari continued its fascinating solicitation by praising rival driver Hamilton through the media.
Lewis Hamilton pondered the move to Ferrari, but the move didn’t really happen after the first discussion. Ferrari then made the decisive move to release Sebastian Vettel before the start of the 2020 season and win Carlos Sainz from McLaren.
Asked if he regrets the failure to pair the most successful drivers and teams in F1 history, Mattia Binotto said, “When I made some final decisions, I thought they were the right decisions. So I don’t regret it. Today we have a great driver like Charles who has invested a lot as Ferrari. ” Sky Sports Told to.
“I think he has a lot of talent. I’m sure he can challenge Lewis Hamilton if he gets the right car.”
“We made our choice. With Carlos we think we are very strong. You will not regret it.”
Mattia Binotto also recalled the decision to part with Sebastian Vettel at the end of the 2020 season and said it was a good time for both companies to move forward.
“I think Sebastian is a great person and a great driver. We had a great moment together, but I think it’s time to make another decision and move forward,” Mattia Binotto added.
“From now on, we will use a very young lineup, which will be the youngest Ferrari lineup since 1968, but the two drivers, Charles and Carlos, are very strong, very talented and young, despite being young. They have a good experience in F1, so I’m very happy with the choice. “
Mattia Binotto said Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were treated equally at the beginning of the 2021 season, but that could change later in the season, depending on the outcome.
“There are no numbers one and two. They have equal opportunities. That’s definitely the case early in the season,” Mattia Binotto confirmed.
“I’m very happy that they can fight freely. As always, I think what we have to do is optimize team points. Usually, optimizing team points also gives drivers points. Optimized. Team points are number one. “
“Let’s see how things go in the second half of the season. Let’s look at the goals that individual drivers may be able to achieve. You may need to adopt a different strategy, but early in the season You can fight freely. ”