Jenson Button has warned that Mattia Binotto will be under pressure to deliver in Abu Dhabi as rumors of his dismissal intensify ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 2009 champion claimed that Ferrari “needs stability” after squandering its chance to challenge Red Bull for the world title.
He suggested it was not tenable that Binotto was “scared about his job” as rumors of a dispute at the Scuderia surface. La Gazzetta dello Sport believes Binotto will not be in charge next season with Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur possibly set to take over.
French newspaper L’Equipe also reported that Binotto and lead driver Charles Leclerc will not speak after a fight at the British Grand Prix. Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Button said: “They need stability and the problem is that the team principal shouldn’t be afraid of his work all the time.
“Yeah, teams go through ups and downs and I think they are definitely on the rise, they just need to work on a few things within the team. The problem is when you think that your work may end at the end of the season, it puts a lot of pressure on you and you don’t perform much.”
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Ferrari denied the speculation before the weekend as they appeared to support Binotto. The statement said: “Regarding the speculation in certain media about the position of Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto, Ferrari affirms that these rumors are completely without foundation.”
It’s not the first time Binotto has come under fire with CEO John Elkann suggesting the team needed to improve at the Italian Grand Prix. Leclerc won two of the first three races and looked set to embark on a title battle with Max Verstappen in 2022.
However, the team made a series of strategic mistakes in Monaco, Great Britain, France and Hungary that reduced their chances. Accidents at Imola and Paul Ricard also dented Leclerc’s hopes of getting closer to Red Bull.
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The team then lost performance over the summer and Mercedes now began to close the gap. Button added: “They didn’t capitalize on the car they had.
“They had the best car at the start of this year, I think we’ve all forgotten that. His strategy for me has been the big failure. They’ve had reliability issues, yes they need to work on that, but it’s the strategy.
“As far as I know the tactician, the group of guys don’t really have that much experience in Formula One.
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