Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto came to the defence of his squad after Nico Rosberg slated their strategy and pit stops.
Carlos Sainz Jnr fell from third to eighth in the race after two problems in the pits. Ferrari called him in for his first pit stop so late his left-rear tyre wasn’t ready, costing him several seconds.
On a later visit to the pits during a Safety Car period, Sainz was released into the path of Fernando Alonso. The stewards ruled this was unsafe and gave him a five-second time penalty, though Sainz insisted he had lost time because a McLaren mechanic ran in front of him.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto dismissed Rosberg’s criticism after the race. “It’s so easy to speak when you are outside,” he said. “I can do the job as he is doing and everyone can be capable as he’s doing and simply criticise.”
Rosberg called on the team to make changes to its race strategy operation, which Binotto dismissed. “We will not change people, that’s a straight answer to Rosberg.
“We will not change people because we’ve got great people. It has proved that [in] sport what’s more important is simply the stability and make sure that you are improving day by day and race after race.
“So we’ve got great people in the team, we are a great team, I have no doubt on that. It took years and experience for all teams to be at the front and I think there is no reason why it should be different for ourselves.”
He believes the team’s penalty for Sainz’s last pit stop was “very harsh” but admitted they made an error with his first. Nonetheless Binotto insisted their lack of performance was their biggest weakness at Zandvoort.
“Yes, it has been a very late call trying to react to Lewis with Carlos. It has been a too late call. But I know as he should know as well because he’s an experienced driver it’s a lot easier to address those types of problem rather than the performance.
“That’s why I started discussing the performance itself, because the performance is what counted the most today, at least in my view.”
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