Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto will miss two additional rounds of this 12 months’s championship to prioritise work on the crew’s new automobile for the 2022 F1 season.
Binotto didn’t attend final weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, leaving sporting director Laurent Mekies to run the crew. This had been deliberate from an early stage within the season, stated Binotto, who additionally missed the Istanbul occasion final 12 months.
“This was one of many races I used to be focusing on to be again residence,” he defined by way of a videoconference from the crew’s base in Maranello. “Clearly the calendar has modified quite a bit because the very begin, so I modified additionally plans, however actually Turkey was one in all these ones.
“I’ll skip at the least one other two races earlier than the tip of the season. So in the mean time, I’m planning Mexico and Brazil. However clearly let’s see.”
The Ferrari crew principal has chosen to keep away from a number of of the extra distant races so as to stay on the manufacturing facility throughout weekdays to supervise work on the successor to the SF21, which will likely be constructed to a largely new set of technical laws.
“The reason being, as it’s possible you’ll think about, particularly Mexico and Brazil abroad, it’s an extended journey. Whereas right here again in Maranello there’s a lot to do, actually a lot to do.
“It’s a whole crew to handle, each the chassis and energy unit and the whole organisation,” stated Binotto. “And we’re, in time period of 2022 improvement, actually in a essential part the place time is getting nearer and nearer.
“So I’m completely happy to be right here. From the way in which I’m managing the race weekends, actually on Thursday and Friday being within the workplace I can actually be extra focussed on no matter is occurring again right here in Maranello, whereas Saturday and Sunday is totally devoted to the race weekend.
“Actually I’m lacking the networks within the paddock however Laurent Mekies can do a fantastic job, and I’m very completely happy the way in which he’s managing the whole crew once I’m not there.”
Binotto additionally found an added upside to not commuting to Turkey. “I’ve been advised that as nicely the flight to Istanbul was loads bumpy,” he stated, “so I’m very completely happy to skip it!”
What’s F1’s official tyre provider doing to make sure the game’s change to 18-inch wheels subsequent 12 months is a hit? Discover out within the re-creation of the RacingLines column coming right now on RaceFans
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and