Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto clarified that the team is not worried following Carlos Sainz Jr’s query at the Hungarian GP when he was called in to pit for a set of new tires.
While Binotto refuted any claims of conflict with the strategists, he said that Ferrari is happy to see the drivers increasingly be more involved when it comes to race day strategy.
“I don’t think it’s a misjudgment, because the final call has been done by the strategist. The driver has suggested what was his impression being there, we review our simulation, or our evaluations, [and] we concluded that was the right choice,” Binotto explained.
“It’s our way of approaching, [by] having an open discussion on the radio, making sure that in certain conditions we are reaching the right conclusion. I think we had always good strategies, which have been applied not only thanks to the strategist but thanks to the contribution of the drivers, who are the ones driving the car, and knowing the conditions around the track.”
When asked about the query, Sainz defended his decision, citing that it was a sign of his progress as a driver in Formula 1. He also revealed that in the end, the team also agreed with him, stating what he expressed as the right call.
“I think it’s a natural progression of my learning process and understanding with the team,” Sainz elaborated. “I think at that point, neither the team or I expected to be so fast on the overcut that I did to these two drivers.
“This is the kind of thing that [comes with] more races with the team. We are just going to become stronger, and it’s going to be easier to perform at a higher level once we keep knowing each other better.”