With the brand new line-up, Leclerc and Sainz get pleasure from equal standing as per Binotto.
Ferrari is essentially the most iconic and profitable group within the historical past of F1, however on the similar time, at present, Sir Lewis Hamilton is not simply essentially the most profitable driver within the historical past of the game. On the face of it, each are a match made in heaven, however after some preliminary talks on the finish of 2019, Ferrari and Hamilton went their separate methods. But now Ferrari F1 group principal and managing director, Mattia Binotto has reiterated that there’s “no regret” over not signing Lewis Hamilton who on the finish of the 2020 season grew to become a 7-time world champion and essentially the most profitable driver of all time. This additionally resulted in him being named on the Queen’s listing of individuals being knighted.
“I don’t think there will be regret because at the end when we took some decisions, we took them thinking they were the right decisions and today we have a fantastic driver like Charles where we invested a lot as Ferrari,” Binotto stated to Sky Sports.
“I think he’s got a lot of talent. If he’s got the right car, I’m pretty sure he can challenge Lewis Hamilton. We’ve made our choices, and I think together with Carlos we are very strong. I don’t think there will be any regret,” he added reiterating his religion in his recruit Carlos Sainz.
Ferrari parted methods with 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel on the finish of the 2020 season. Binotto has believed in investing in youth which is why the mixture of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr is the group’s youngest F1 driver pairing in over 50 years.
Hamilton and Ferrari reportedly had flirted with the concept of becoming a member of forces on the finish of 2019, when it had develop into obvious that Vettel was being outclassed by the Uber gifted Charles Leclerc. But nothing got here of it. Reportedly, Hamilton’s persona was additionally a problem which would not have built-in with the Ferrari model and company picture.
Hamilton’s outspoken nature and his affect may’ve had an overwriting affect on Ferrari which has at all times thought of it above its drivers. With the brand new line-up, Leclerc and Sainz get pleasure from equal standing as per Binotto. For Binotto, in a season which has been ravaged by COVID-19 and Ferrari falling behind within the championship to sixth, Sainz and Leclerc additionally characterize a extra pocket friendlier entrance to somebody like Hamilton and even Vettel who was the second highest-paid driver within the sport. Hamilton is at present the most costly driver on the grid, however his calls for for a excessive pay examine are additionally perplexing the Daimler administration which is but to shut a brand new contract with him for the 2021 season and past.