Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto admits 'changes are required'

Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto admits ‘changes are required’ after a season riddled with mistakes… after the team’s chairman John Elkann said he was ‘not satisfied’ after falling well behind Max Verstappen in title race

  • Ferrari looked like they would be in the fight for the title at the start of the season
  • Max Verstappen has dominated however and leads Charles Leclerc by 116 points 
  • The Scuderia have helped Red Bull’s cause in a season littered with errors 
  • Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto has responded to comments from the chairman

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has admitted that ‘changes’ are needed if they are to win titles again after a catalogue of errors has seen them fall out of contention this season.

The Italian outfit have not won a drivers’ championship since 2007, but looked to be in contention after Charles Leclerc won two out of the opening three races this season.

Since then, Max Verstappen has been able to pull out a 116-point lead at the top of the standings, with reliability issues, strategic errors, and Leclerc crashing out of the lead at the French Grand Prix – all but handing the Dutchman his second straight title.

Max Verstappen’s (right) win at the Italian GP extended his gap at the top to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (left) to 116 points – and the Dutchman could win the title at the next race in Singapore

Before the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari chairman John Elkann said he had ‘great faith’ in Binotto but also stressed he was ‘not satisfied’ with their season.  

Responding to the comments, Binotto told Sky Sports: ‘We do not need to change people, but we certainly need to change some things.

‘The way we are communicating, the way we are getting to the process of making our decisions.. changes are required.

 ‘Adding value may be necessary, adding people as well. But changing people is not a path I want to go through, that’s an old way of addressing issues.’

A catalogue of mechanical issues, strategic errors, and a crash from Leclerc in France have essentially handed the title to Verstappen in a race which otherwise could still be close

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto (left) has stated that changes are required if Ferrari are to win titles

Talking about areas that needed improving, he said: ‘The reliability – because the reliability cost us at least a couple of victories and in order to win championships you need to reliable. Race management – strategy and pit stops areas of improvement are required.

‘I think during the race weekend you may always do mistakes. I think being perfect is almost impossible, you need to take decision on the pit wall, but we need to be the best.’

Verstappen could win his second championship at the next race in Singapore, though Leclerc could have still been in contention if it wasn’t for a large amount of errors. 

Leclerc suffered engine failures while leading races in Spain and Azerbaijan, while also crashed out from the front at the French Grand Prix.

The Monegasque driver also lost potential race wins at Monaco, Silverstone and Hungary due to massive strategic errors from the Scuderia.

Chairman John Elkann (pictured) said he was ‘not satisfied’ with how Ferrari’s season has gone

Team-mate Carlos Sainz, who is 32 points behind Leclerc, has retired from four races and also had strategic errors fall his way throughout the season.

Ferrari’s inconsistency has given Mercedes the chance of potentially taking second in the constructors’ championship this season. Mercedes are 35 points behind Ferrari and have occasionally been quicker in recent races having closed the gap to the top two teams.

Ahead of the Italian GP, where Leclerc finished second to Verstappen, Ferrari chairman Elkann told Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘We have great faith in Mattia Binotto and appreciate everything he and all our engineers have done.

Red Bull have won 12 races this season compared to Ferrari who have taken just four wins

He added: ‘Putting our trust in Binotto and his team was the right decision and it has paid off. Thanks to them we are competitive and winning again. But I am not satisfied because I think we can always do better.

‘We have seen that there are still too many mistakes when it comes to reliability, driving and strategy.

‘That’s why I believe that before 2026 Ferrari will once again win the constructors’ and drivers’ titles, with Charles Leclerc in pole position.’

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