Brundle: Ferrari shouldn't treat Binotto like a football manager
Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle believes Ferrari should avoid the managerial ‘merry-go-round’ in football which often sees head coaches losing their jobs after only a short period of a lack of success, saying the Scuderia should give even more support to their team principal.
Brundle thinks the Italian is doing the job of multiple men, however, and should be given backing.
"The Ferrari drivers are both making too many mistakes, and the team's race strategies lack clarity and conviction. They are allowing an over-performing Max Verstappen in a temporarily mildly underperforming Red Bull to outshine them. Even when they did have Merc on the ropes in Bahrain they blew it.,” Brundle wrote in his latest Sky Sports column.
“I asked Binotto on camera in Bahrain if he felt he could really handle a role which to a large extent Mercedes share between the considerable talents of Toto Wolff, James Allison and Andy Cowell. Yes, the same James Allison Ferrari let go, among others. Binotto replied that he had the right people around him to complete the task.”
The Italian press are often scathing of Ferrari when things don’t go right for the team, and Brundle thinks the kind of pressure of being backed by a whole country, unlike Mercedes, provides an even bigger impetus to avoid defeats.
“Furthermore, Mercedes' hierarchy are not carrying the weight of expectation and pressure of an entire nation and its demanding media like Ferrari do. Binotto's scholarly calmness will be tested to the extreme which is why he needs support. I hope he has Ross Brawn on speed dial for advice too,” he added.
Ferrari are currently 96 points behind Mercedes in the constructor’s championship.
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