Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto insists that sacking people is not the solution required to help turn around its fortunes in Formula 1.

Ferrari has endured a poor start to the 2020 season and has managed just one podium finish from the opening three rounds of the delayed campaign in Austria and Hungary.

The Italian outfit’s SF1000 challenger has been well off the pace of its rivals and Ferrari appears to have slipped into the midfield fight on outright performance.

As a result, reports in Italian media have suggested that Binotto’s position could be at risk, along with other senior staff members who were instrumental in the design of this year’s car.

But speaking after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Binotto responded to what he described as “amusing stories” by stressing that an overhaul of team personnel is not the way forward for his team.

"I have confidence in the people who work in the Gestione Sportiva: we have started out on a long process that should lead to another winning cycle," Binotto explained.

"It will take a while, but the whole company understands and supports this vision. That's why I find it amusing to read some stories that are doing the rounds: it's not by sacking people that you make a car go faster…"

Binotto admitted Ferrari is yet to fully understand the reason as to why it is lacking in pace despite the introduction of a revised aerodynamic package, and warned there is no simple solution to the problem.

"After three races, it's clear that we are in worse shape than we expected and we need to react without delay," he explained.

"The entire car project has to be revised, while taking into consideration the limits currently imposed by the regulations.

"I am well aware there is no magic wand in Formula 1, but we have to step up a gear to turn things around, both in the short and the long term.

"It might also be necessary to look at our organisation to improve and strengthen our working methods where the need is greatest.

"But first, as a team, we need to understand the dynamic that led to this situation."

 

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