Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto came to the team’s defense after Nico Rosberg tweaked his strategy and pit stops.
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After two problems in the pits, Carlos Sanz-Jnr dropped from third to eighth in the race. Ferrari called him for his first pit stop so late that his left rear tire wasn’t ready, costing him several seconds.
Sainz was later released into the path of Fernando Alonso during the safety car’s visit to the pits. The stewards decided it was unsafe and gave him a five-second penalty, although Sainz claimed he lost time because the McLaren mechanic ran in front of him.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto dismissed Rosberg’s criticism after the race. “It’s easier said than done when you’re on the outside,” he said. “I can do the work like he does and everyone can criticize what he’s doing and the skills he’s doing.”
Rosberg asked the team to make changes to its race strategy, which Binotto rejected. “We don’t change people, that’s a direct answer to Rosberg.
“We don’t change people because we have good people. He confirmed that [in] Sport the most important thing is to just stay calm and make sure you are improving day by day and race after race.
“So we’ve got good guys in the team, we’re a good team, there’s no doubt about that. All teams have taken years and experience to play at the forefront and I think there is no reason why ours should be any different.
He believes the team’s penalty for Sainz’s final pit stop was “too harsh”, but admits they made a mistake at the start. However, Binotto insists their lackluster performance against Zandvoort was their biggest weakness.
“Yes, it was too late with Carlos trying to respond to Luis. It’s too late a call. But I know he should know because he is an experienced driver that it is much easier to solve those types of problems than performance.
“That’s why I started discussing performance itself, because performance counts more than anything else today, at least in my eyes.”
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