CHARLES LECLERC lies 109 points behind Max Verstappen in the championship ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
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Charles Leclerc has shot down rumours Mattia Binotto could be sacked from Ferrari after the Scuderia’s strategy disasters this season. Leclerc warned the team would not get distracted by speculation and stressed the team were still “united”.
Leclerc even stressed he had not heard of any rumours around the future of Binotto ahead of the team’s home race at the Italian Grand Prix. Speaking in the Monza paddock, Leclerc said: “There are always rumours around a Formula One team and especially with Ferrari but I think what is important in those moments is not to get distracted with whatever is being said,
“We are very united as a team and I think we need to keep on going like this. We’ve shown that we’ve been great from last year to this year with this kind of performance and we need to keep going in that direction.
“I didn’t hear that rumour in particular but obviously we have to focus on our own job.” Ferrari suffered another nightmare during last week’s Dutch Grand Prix after mechanics struggled to fit new tyres on Carlos Sainz’s car.
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Charles Leclerc has addressed rumours Mattia Binotto could be axed (Image: Sky Sports F1 / Getty)
The Scuderia have also made strategic errors at a range of events including the Monaco, British, French and Hungarian Grand Prix this season. The Italian manufacturer has also suffered several mechanical issues which have plagued their season.
Leclerc was forced out of the Spanish and Azerbaijan Grand Prix while leading with the Monegasque also slapped a back of the grid penalty in Canada as the team were forced to change parts. The team have also only won four races this year despite having a car capable of fighting Red Bull.
After the latest issue, Ferrari boss Binotto was called out by former world champion Nico Rosberg.
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Ferrari have made a range of errors this season (Image: Getty)
The ex-Mercedes star claimed Ferrari needed to “start making some changes” after a dismal year. He added: “Mattia Binotto keeps saying, ‘no, no we don’t need to make any changes, everything is going well’.
“I mean when is the day coming? It’s not possible. Even Formula 2 teams or Formula 3 teams do a better job at their strategy and pit stops than Ferrari.” However, Binotto hit back at the criticism after the chequered flag, suggesting he still backed his team.
He explained: “We will not change people, that’s a straight answer to Rosberg. What is more important is simply the stability and making sure you’re improving race by race. We have a great team, I have no doubt about that.”