Former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi has backed Mattia Binotto to make changes at the Scuderia to compete more regularly with Red Bull.
The Frenchman, who drove for the Maranello team in the 90s, said he was not one of those paddock figures calling for Binotto’s ouster.
Ferrari started the season very well, but reliability, driver errors, pit stops and haphazard strategies left Max Verstappen and Red Bull on their way to two world titles.
“Honestly, I thought Leclerc could win at Monza after this crazy qualifying” says Alesi.
“It was not the case but I have friendly thoughts which I would like to pass on to Mattia Binotto. I admire his fairness because, as a true leader, he always protects his men. »
“It’s always the right attitude,” he adds.
“For example, like the name of the designer who went the wrong way at Mercedes, just like those who go wrong under pressure at Ferrari must be protected. »
“As a fan of the team, I am also convinced that Binotto can go and get reinforcements where needed for the future. In terms of strategy, a more aggressive approach could help, also in terms of understanding a faster setup, which Red Bull seems to do better. »
“On the other hand, I am convinced that the reliability problems of this year will be solved and that Ferrari can count on a solid engine in 2023. There is room for improvement and that gives confidence. Only adjustments are missing here and there. »