user icon
user icon

Binotto: Team orders was the 'best decision' for Ferrari

  • Published on 02 Sep 2019 09:19
  • comments 3
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes that making the call to implement team orders was the best decision for the team on Sunday.

The Scuderia outfit secured its first win of the season as Charles Leclerc crossed the line ahead of Lewis Hamilton, taking his maiden victory in Formula 1.

Leclerc led for the opening stint of the race, but lost his lead when he was undercut by teammate Sebastian Vettel. However, after catching back up to him rapidly, Ferrari asked Vettel to let Leclerc through.

"At the start of the season, when we at least tried, it was not very well accepted from the outside," Binotto said. "But since the start, we've always said that the first priority is the team and the team's points.

"Race by race we normally are discussing with the drivers what may be the situation. It is something that we discussed in the morning. 

"No doubt after a few races, things become more straightforward. Even when discussing with drivers, the drivers are more understanding. 

"So it was never an easy call, because the drivers are in the car, trying to drive as fast as they can, trying to get as much points for themselves.

"But I think there were not many choices today. We had to anticipate a call and pit [Vette] to protect against Mercedes, otherwise, Hamilton would have stopped and it would have overcut. 

"Also staying out put Charles in a better position with his tyres. He would have overtaken anyway because of the different strategy. 

"They were on different strategies and earlier we swapped, we were losing time. It was the best [decision] for the team, and for Charles on that occasion." 

The win also marks Binotto's first as Ferrari's team principal  - however he brushed off the achievement, stating more praise is desvered for Leclerc and the team as a whole. 

"To be honest, I don't think my first victory as team principal really counts," he said. "I'm more happy for Charles, more happy for the team. 

"I think if there is any applause, it's to them. We are working as a team, and roles don't matter. Today we proved that the strength of the team can be very important."

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • Team orders have always been the "best" decision at Ferrari. Even if they demoralize another driver permanently, or if they ruin the show and break, the rules (Austria 2002), or if they prevent a good fair fight (Germany 2010). I still don't think the team orders strategy was the best one. Clearly Seb would have held Lewis longer if he has pitted later.

    • + 0
    • Sep 2 2019 - 16:39
    • It was the only right decision wasn't it?

      • + 0
      • Sep 2 2019 - 21:20
  • f1ski

    Posts: 611

    Ferraris problem in the past was to wait too long to execute the orders. MB typically has all possibilities evaluated live during the race I think they failed to calculate accurately how much time vettel could delay Hamilton and how much better Leclerc managed his tires this race.

    • + 0
    • Sep 3 2019 - 01:29

AT Grand Prix of Austria

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:00 - 12:30

    Free practice 3

    12:00 - 13:00

    Race

    15:10 - 17:10

  • Free practice 2

    15:00 - 16:30

    Qualifying

    15:00 - 16:00

    Fastest lap

     

AT Grand Prix of Austria

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:00 - 12:30

    Free practice 2

    15:00 - 16:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    12:00 - 13:00

    Qualifying

    15:00 - 16:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    15:10 - 17:10

    Fastest lap

    15:10 - 17:10

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Where will Sebastian Vettel be in 2021?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team -
  • Points -
  • Podiums -
  • Grand Prix -
  • Country Italy
  • Date of b. Nov 3 1969 (50)
  • Place of b. , Italy
  • Weight 0 kg
  • Length 0.00 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
18 - Sep 20
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
23 - Oct 25
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
30 - Nov 1
13 - Nov 15
Brazil Interlagos
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar