F1, Ferrari: John Elkann promotes Mattia Binotto. With reservation

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“We must continue to grow: this also applies to the Team Principal.”

Speaking at the microphones of La Gazzetta dello Sport on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Monza circuit, the scene of the Gp to be held on Sunday, Ferrari President John Elkann spoke of his great passion for the Redhead, while also drawing an initial balance of what he has seen this season.

“My first time at Monza was with my grandfather Gianni Agnelli in the Ferrari pits in the early 2000s. He loved to go and watch the practices so much, especially in the era of Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher. This year we are competitive, as I predicted two years ago. And we were able to turn this competitiveness into victories. We have finally returned four times to the top step. And behind the successes is great teamwork. In professional sports, it’s the details that make the difference,” Elkann began.

“The mistakes in the pits? When one is a fan, but has responsibilities, one must know how to convert that pain and sometimes that anger into a will to do better. If there is no anger it is a problem, if there is only anger it is an even bigger problem. I have trust and gratitude for the work done by Mattia Binotto and our engineers. But there is no doubt that the work in Maranello, in the pits, on the pit wall and behind the wheel needs to mature. We need to continue to grow, and that goes for the mechanics, for the engineers, for the drivers, and of course for all the management, including the Team Principal. We’ve seen it on reliability, on driving, on strategy…. There are still too many mistakes,” the executive concluded.

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