However, Ferrari has little chance of winning in Monza. “We have to be honest, it’s not our best track on paper,” admits Charles Leclerc, who won the Italian GP in 2019. However, with a deficit of 109 points on Max Verstappen, he only has theoretical chances in the current world championship fight “I’ve become more patient,” he admits.
Apparently also with his team boss. After a season full of bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns, Mattia Binotto is the focus of criticism. “If I were his boss, I wouldn’t understand,” says Ralf Schumacher after the botched pit stop at Carlos Sainz in Zandvoort on Sky. “Mistakes still happen and Ferrari is developing backwards. The core problem: At the beginning of the year they didn’t do anything with the strong package, now they don’t learn from mistakes. As a boss, I would question that.”
Binotto’s rescue: Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna, who studied physics, seems to have little interest in the passion surrounding the racing department.
However, the team boss and his top stars will not be lacking in support in the temple of pace in Monza. Leclerc: “The Tifosi are happy when you are and sad when you are sad. You don’t feel alone.”