Thanks to the accident at the first corner that immediately eliminated Charles Leclerc from the scene, the entire focus of Ferrari for the Hungarian GP has been shifted to Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard, also taking advantage of the absence of many direct rivals, played a splendid race, finishing in fourth place. After the checkered flag, the promotion to third place came thanks to the disqualification of Sebastian Vettel. During the race, the former McLaren driver also starred in a heated exchange of views via radio with his track engineer, regarding a possible early pit stop.
The Madrid-born insisted on staying on track longer than originally planned, convincing the team of the goodness of his plan. A discussion that brought to light – as had already happened in the past – the greater collegiality with which strategic choices are made within the Ferrari team. A type of approach to the race that was claimed by the boss of the Maranello wall, Mattia Binotto. As reported by the site Motorsportweek.com in fact, Binotto used the Sainz episode in Hungary as an emblem of good communication inside the red box. “This is our way of approaching the issue, having an open discussion on the radio – explained the Ferrari team principal – to make sure we reach the right conclusion “.
“I think we’ve always had good strategies – Binotto stressed again – which have been applied not only thanks to the strategist, but also through the contribution of the pilots. They are the ones who drive the car and know the conditions along the track. I don’t think this is an error of assessment – concluded, with reference to the specific case – because the final call was made by the strategist. The rider suggested his impression, we reviewed our ratings and concluded it was the right choice. All in all, [sono] happy [del] how this communication is working. Once again this shows how the team is working properly“.