Martin Brundle says that Ferrari was right to sack team principal Maurizio Arrivabene ahead of the 2019 season, as "things weren't right" at the Scuderia camp last year.
Ferrari failed to win either championship despite possessing a car capable of challenging Mercedes. Earlier this week, the Maranello outfit announced that Arrivabene would vacate his post and be replaced by its chief technical officer Mattia Binotto.
But former driver-turned pundit Brundle admitted that it was difficult to know the ins and outs of the situation as “you don’t know what you don’t know if you’re not inside an organisation”.
"But I did observe it, and see that things weren’t right,” Brundle continued. “You look at situations like Hockenheim, where Vettel was put under pressure because they didn’t do the right things earlier on in the race.
“Then he fell off the road, and he fell out of the championship from that moment onwards. You look at other things like the slipstreaming in Monza [when Vettel failed to get a tow from teammate Kimi Raikkonen due to a previously discussed agreement]. “Certain things weren’t being done.”
Ferrari showed a cold shoulder to the media in 2018, and Arrivabene was criticised for his methods following the death of Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne in July. Brundle has encouraged Binotto to take a different approach and open up more to the press.
“I do think Mattia Binotto has got a very good reputation in developing the team technically, he’s clearly a leader of people," said Brundle. “But of course now he’s the lightning conductor.
"He’s got to be up front, he’s got to speak to nasty, horrible people like me in the Formula 1 media. He’s got to be there and explain why things went well, why things didn’t go so well. It’s a different job and a different challenge.”