This swipe had sat: Already after the start of Formula 1 in Bahrain on March 28, there was new criticism and nasty comments for Sebastian Vettel (33). Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto (51) praised his new pilot duo with Vettel’s successor Carlos Sainz (26) and Charles Leclerc (23) – and indicated that the Scuderia could have done without Vettel for a long time.
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When asked about the criticism at the time, Binotto now reacted surprisingly. The team boss, who was also under pressure to succeed, allegedly did not even notice that his statement had caused a stir, especially in Germany. Accordingly, it was now difficult for him to even remember what had happened.
Formula 1: Mattia Binotto does not want to remember a swipe at Sebastian Vettel
“I can’t really remember what I said or meant,” Binotto mimed the innocent in an interview with Sky. He didn’t want to add anything more to his telling sentence.
That sounded very different after the desert race at the start of the season at the end of March. At the time, Binotto praised the fact that Ferrari had presented itself better than in the previous season, which was characterized by failures and breakdowns. The reason, according to the team boss: “We finally have two drivers we can rely on.”
Sebastian Vettel did not respond publicly to the statements, but the four-time world champion should not have had any understanding for the attitude of his former boss. After all, Vettel had repeatedly been thrown back by mistakes made by the team, be it at the command level or in the pits.
Sebastian Vettel for the first time since 2009 with two pointless races at the Formula 1 start
However: Vettel has not been able to give the desired answer on the race track. After a disappointing 15th place in Bahrain, he had to park his Aston Martin shortly before the end of the second race of the season in Imola due to technical problems.
The Heppenheimer would not have scored in the points anyway, while team-mate Lance Stroll (22) made the much better impression in the second appearance and put it 2-0 in the team-internal duel.
For Vettel it meant the first start of the season with two pointless races since 2009. After all, looking back also gives hope: At that time, the knot burst in the third race, Vettel won in China ahead of teammate Mark Webber (44) and was runner-up world champion at the end of the season.