Ferrari says the FIA ​​should have done a “better job” with the Italian GP safety car.

However, with the car stalled at speed, the marshals took longer than expected to retrieve it and the safety car brought on George Russell instead of race leader Max Verstappen, causing another significant delay before the field formed behind the leading Red Bull.

But Binotto, who saw Charles Leclerc given no chance to fight Verstappen, says the current rules work and Monza’s failure is entirely the fault of the FIA.

“I don’t think it’s about changing the rules,” he said. “The rules have been discussed, a lot of it, especially after Abu Dhabi last year.

“They have been discussed with the FIA, F1 and the teams, and we have come to the conclusion that the current format is probably the right one to keep. So I don’t think it’s a settlement issue today.

“I’m certainly disappointed with the time it took them to decide and I don’t think we understand why it took so long to clear the cars between the safety car and the leader. »

Although Ricciardo’s car took several laps to clear, Binotto cannot understand why the field could not come together in the right order much sooner.

“I don’t think security is the right reason for it.” [the delay] “, he declared. “When you are cleared, you as a driver cannot just lap the track flat, because there is a minimum lap time which is set in the regulations.

“And that minimum time per lap is there to make sure that every time they run and drive, they do it safely. So what we don’t understand is, with the current rules, which we think are fair, why it took them so long time to decide.”

When asked if he accepted the FIA’s explanation that the failure to restart the race was solely due to Ricciardo’s car being stuck, he replied: “Yes, I think I accept that. I understand that it could have been complicated.

“However, at the same time, I think that with the safety car we could have done a better job of preparing the entire train of cars to be ready for a fresh start to the race. And it didn’t happen.

“I just think it was a mistake and it could have been done better without changing the rules. The rules are in place, it’s just a matter of applying them in a better way. »

Binotto said his opinion on the Safety Car was not about Leclerc missing a winning opportunity, but because ultimately he feels the show has suffered.

“I think they just need to do a better job for F1, the show,” he said. “It’s not Ferrari and the fans, because if the safety car had stopped earlier, how would the race have ended? I don’t know.

“Max was still the fastest car and he was on new tyres. But overall I think we should try to end the safety car as soon as possible and give more track time, race time to all the drivers.

“The disappointment today was how long it took them to decide. And we believe that in this respect they [the FIA] didn’t do a good job today. And they need to do a better job in the future because it’s not good for F1. »

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