Ferrari risks overloading Binotto with responsibility - Berger

Ferrari must ensure its Formula 1 team boss Mattia Binotto is not overwhelmed by his responsibilities and consider recruiting a secondary figure to help deal with politics, says Gerhard Berger.

Ferrari risks overloading Binotto with responsibility - Berger

Binotto, formerly Ferrari’s technical director, was promoted to the overall leadership of the Scuderia at the start of 2019, replacing Maurizio Arrivabene in the role.

While Ferrari was widely judged to have been the benchmark outfit in pre-season testing, it has failed to win any of the first three grands prix of the season – which have all been won by Mercedes – and its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc trail Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.

Berger, who won five grands prix for Ferrari during his two stints at Maranello in 1987-89 and 1993-95, contrasted the structure at the team with Mercedes and Red Bull, which both have multiple figureheads.

Asked for his opinion of Binotto, the Austrian said: “The usual thing with Ferrari is, someone getting the responsibility, and getting all responsibility.

“Because when you look at Red Bull, you have this genius Adrian Newey. You have a capable [team boss] Christian Horner. Then you have the shark Helmut Marko.

“Then you look to Mercedes: Toto [Wolff], very capable. You have the genius on the engine side, Andy Cowell. And you have Niki [Lauda], unfortunately not here now [recovering from a recent bout of flu].

“At Ferrari you see [only] Binotto. I don’t know if this is enough.

“I think Binotto is a great technician. It’s just [important] he doesn’t use too much time for maybe political discussion or whatever, and then running out of time for the main [thing he’s good at].”

Read Also:

Berger also pointed out that Ferrari ensured responsibility was spread across a number of senior personnel during its late 1990s/early 2000s heyday with Michael Schumacher.

Both Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne moved to the Italian squad from Benetton a year after Schumacher departed at the end of 1995, the pair of technical gurus working under team boss Jean Todt (pictured below in 2004).

“One of his big strengths was he knew how to put people together to get the maximum out of them,” said Berger of Schumacher.

“When he went to Ferrari and said, ‘Ross, you’re coming with me, Rory, you’re coming with me.’ In this he was very good, and in this he has an advantage over Sebastian [Vettel]. Michael was fantastic in collecting people for his team.

“Again you had three people: you had Rory, the genius of the time, you had Ross, and you had Jean Todt, who dealt with the political side and the regulations.

“I just don’t know who is gonna take certain roles in Ferrari, because if it’s all on Binotto, it’s gonna be a bit heavy.”

Paolo Martinelli, Ross Brawn, Jean Todt and Rory Byrne with the new Ferrari F2004

Paolo Martinelli, Ross Brawn, Jean Todt and Rory Byrne with the new Ferrari F2004

Photo by: Ferrari Media Center

shares
comments
McLaren knows it still faces "long road" to F1 recovery
Previous article

McLaren knows it still faces "long road" to F1 recovery

Next article

Debate: Do you support an F1 qualifying shake-up?

Debate: Do you support an F1 qualifying shake-up?
Load comments
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Prime

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Prime

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Prime

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Motorsport.com's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer Tim Wright explains.

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021
How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021