Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto responds to Toto Wolff’s remarks that Ferrari might have announced Vettel’s departure too early.
Last month Ferrari announced that Sebastian Vettel would not be driving for the team after 2020. In several interviews Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he was surprised that Ferrari made the decision to part with Vettel before the 2020 season even started, which means they will have to go through the whole season with a driver that knows he’s on his way out. It seems Mattia Binotto didn’t appreciate the comment.
“I’m glad that Mercedes always has an opinion about us,” said the Italian.
“I am surprised that they have not yet extended the contract with [Lewis] Hamilton. We would have done so much earlier.
We have made that decision to be honest with Vettel. He also needs to start thinking about his future. We couldn’t postpone the decision any longer. Our choice was the best for both parties.”
Ever since Vettel’s exit was announced, the F1 media started speculating about the German’s possible move to Mercedes. Binotto says if that was to happen, he would be happy for him.
“If Seb would go to Mercedes, I would be happy for him. He is a quadruple world champion and deserves a place on a top team.”
We would like to add that perhaps Binotto should not be so quick to dismiss Wolff’s words, as his track record proves he’s right more often than not.
Source: La Stampa