The start of 2022 looked very promising at Ferrari. Charles Leclerc’s victory in Bahrain and Carlos Sainz’s second place heralded that the dark years were over at Maranello. But as the season has progressed, problems have occurred in the Italian garage.
One of the most noted is Mattia Binotto, who acknowledges “every day is difficult” at the ‘Scuderia’: “It has not been an easy journey since 2019 [since he became team boss]. In 2022, as we are fighting for everything, there are races in which we have not been able to get the full potential of the car, so it has not been an easy year”.
In an interview granted to Autosport , Binotto confesses that he has gone through difficult times throughout the season, especially in relation to reliability problems: “I ran that department [the engine department], and seeing smoke is never good”. The Italian goes so far as to declare that he gets “depressed” every time a mechanical failure occurs in the F1-75.
In those moments, the Ferrari boss “tries to encourage the people around”, although he admits to being “strict, but not brutal”. Furthermore, he knows the importance of the atmosphere within a Formula 1 team: “I know how crucial mental focus and idiosyncrasy is. We are working hard on it, trying to change our culture. The team is very united, you can see it thanks to the transparency”.
The long return to the top
The Ferrari team had its worst season in four decades in 2020, finishing sixth in the constructors’ championship. To recover from the situation, Binotto acknowledges that they have made internal adjustments: “We have made some changes in the organization, with clearer roles and responsibilities. We had a new simulator, so we tried to discover all our weaknesses and fix them. I think we got it”.
Binotto acknowledges that they will continue with their approach: “There is no magic formula. I don’t think we should change our approach. It’s a matter of going step by step, getting used to it, and whatever result we have this year, we’ll try to be ready for 2023.”