Ferrari F1 team boss Mattia Binotto revealed that before signing a contract with Carlos Sainz and his transfer to Ferrari, they listened to all his radio messages he exchanged with McLaren to conclude what his mode of communication was.
After six years, Ferrari decided to end its cooperation with Vettel, and a replacement was found in Sainz, which finished sixth in the McLaren drivers' standings for two years in a row. The Italian team had a disappointing season that they finished only in sixth place, and throughout the year Leclerc and Vettel did not spend a single round in the lead and together they achieved only three podiums.
Ferrari is preparing a completely new engine for 2021 that should correct the weaknesses of its predecessor, and it will spend development tokens on the rear end, including the redesign of the gearbox and exhaust pipes, which should bring them aerodynamic advantages.
Binotto explained their decision
For the official F1 site, Binotto recalled how they opted for Sainz instead of Vettel and how they studied him in detail before contacting him. “Before we made him an offer, we listened to all his radio communication to see the way he communicates and you can see that the way he communicates says a lot about his approach.
I think he is very precise, ”said Binotto. "He's a dedicated worker, he's methodical, he's robust and I think those are all important components for us." "He's consistent in the race, he's fast, he defends and attacks, but he always brings the car to the finish line in a constant way so I think he's a good driver to build a good season in the constructors standings."
“Then we did an analysis of his speed. I believe that he is fast, we believed that he was fast, I think that last season he also showed that he is fast if you compare him with Norris, who in 2019 showed that he is a very fast driver.
" “But if you look at Carlos in 2020 I think he was very strong. He has improved in qualifying compared to before but is still very strong in the race. So he's definitely a great worker. " "In addition, he is young and has many years of experience in F1 [since 2015] - he is still young and has a lot of time to develop, he is definitely not near the end of his career."