Team bosses explain why their drivers are free to do extreme sports

15-03-2019 12:58
by Nicolás Quarles van Ufford
Team bosses explain why their drivers are free to do extreme sports

Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul and Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto have both explained why there is no clause in their drivers' contracts against doing extreme sports, as the pair believe the drivers are mature enough to know where to draw the line.

This is certainly not the case for all drivers. It is common in F1 that a team won't allow a driver to do a certain type of activity as there would be a chance of the driver hurting himself, which isn't exactly beneficial to the team.

Abiteboul explained at the team bosses' press conference that he trusts his drivers to know better.

"We have two mature drivers who know what they should be doing and should not be doing," the Frenchman said. "So it’s pretty much their call to decide."

New Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto agreed with his French colleague.

"What’s more important is to have the right relationship with your drivers, making sure they understand, that they are sensible – but these guys are professionals. There is nothing that you need to tell them. They understand pretty well what’s the danger, what’s the risk and they are behaving well."

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