Mattia Binotto claims Mercedes rough patch due to ‘internal changes’ and Hamilton’s contract delay

Mercedes have been the reigning champions in Formula 1 since the dawn of the turbo-hybrid era winning every championship since then.

However, the team is currently going through a rough patch especially after being overtaken by Red Bull this season.

Additionally, the Silver Arrows have failed to secure a win in four consecutive races.

Mercedes lose their lead

The Brackley-based outfit is second in the constructor’s standings, 40 points behind rivals Red Bull.

The race in Baku saw the team lose their lead in both the standings since the 2018 German Grand Prix.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto thinks that Mercedes’ internal changes are leading to a loss in their performance this season.

What did Binotto say?

According to Binotto, Mercedes saw several internal changes last season and as a result, their stability was compromised.

β€œIf we look at Mercedes already in the course of last year there have been significant internal changes, with roles that may have been revised and the signing with the driver (Hamilton) that came only in February,” he said.

β€œI think they are signs of a distraction that has led to the current situation.”

Binotto was all in praise of Red Bull.

β€œRed Bull did a great job,” he stated.

“I think it is fair to underline that they are achieving excellent results because they can count on a team that has been stable for many years, despite having faced difficulties,” he concluded.

Ferrari for P3 in constructors?

After a terrible time at Circuit Paul Ricard, Ferrari managed to up their game at the Red Bull Ring.

The Maranello-based team had a stellar performance at the Styrian Grand Prix with both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finishing P6 and P7 respectively.

The Reds are hoping to score more points in the second race at the Red Bull Ring.

Leclerc had a phenomenal performance

Charles Leclerc started the race from P7.

However, after early contact with Pierre Gasly on Lap 1, he fell to the second last place.

The Monegasque driver managed to fight his way up the grid to finish where he started from.

As a result, Ferrari was able to earn 14 points placing them 12 points behind rivals McLaren.

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