Mattia Binotto says Ferrari's team orders are "for the teams interest"

15-05-2019 16:50
by Louis Shaw
F1 News
Mattia Binotto says Ferrari's team orders are for the teams interest

Mattia Binotto has explained why his team uses team orders. The Italian has said that he believes that through the use of team orders Ferrari will end up being more competitive. Ferrari has publicly backed Sebastian Vettel over Charles Leclerc as they believe that he is the driver that can be more successful. 

"Our first objective is to maximize the team points," he said to the BBC. "And to do that, knowing we have two fantastic drivers but with two different levels of experience, I think what we did was all right.

"If there are any decisions that need to be taken in some circumstances, they should be in the favor of the most experienced driver. That's it."

Binotto described why the team favors Vettel over Leclerc. 

"Because Seb is a fantastic driver. He has been four-times world champion. I believe that if he is comfortable and he has serenity in his mind, he can deliver well."

When asked if Sebastian Vettel's contract dictates that he is the number on driver at Ferrari Binotto said he wasn't. 

"No," Binotto says. "It is not a matter of being number one driver. It is team interest first."

We will have to wait until the end of the season to see if the tactics pay off. 

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