While Mattia Binotto is confirmed in his position of Team Manager within Scuderia Ferrari, in Maranello a brand new engine is being prepared for 2021.
Mattia Binotto will keep her managerial position within the Ferrari team. This is the news from Louis Camilleri, CEO of the Maranello company. He was speaking with The New York Times in the wake of Ferrari's worrying drop in performance in 2020.
Binotto remains, new Ferrari engine in 2021
"I must say that I have full confidence in Mattia Binotto and his team", did he declare. “The results aren't there to prove what I'm saying, but these things take time. Unfortunately, in the past there has been too much pressure and a history of layoffs. There was a sort of layoff atmosphere. and turnover, and I'm going to put an end to that ", added Camilleri.
Indeed, rumors have it that Ferrari could woo some important people in the paddock, including Toto Wolff or the famous Mercedes engine guru, Andy Cowell. "I think in F1 you can never be satisfied with yourself, so if there is someone who can add value to the team, it is our responsibility to convince him"Binotto told Monza. "You mentioned Andy Cowell. As far as I know he still works at Mercedes now, but there are definitely some big names in F1."
Ferrari has plans in other areas as well, including addressing the clearly huge power deficit in its 2020 powertrain. "Next year's car will be an evolution of this one, but next year's engine will be brand new.", Binotto told Corriere della Sera.
"We have already tested it several times in the factory. " However, Binotto also admitted that despite Camilleri's public support he had considered stepping down as team leader. "I know I have the support of my bosses, but I questioned myself", the Italian told Monza.
"I have been thinking about whether I am suitable for the role of team manager, because I think there are some areas I could have done better. But I also think that my 25 years in F1 and the knowledge of this business are key to success in this role. " He also dismissed criticism from ex-Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo that Binotto is too isolated at the top of the Maranello squad.
"I am not alone, I can assure you that"Binotto told Monza. "I speak several times a day with Louis Camilleri, and regularly with John Elkann, and I receive their advice. Certainly their leadership style is different from what we were used to in the past, but I am not alone."