Recent flashpoints between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have raised a valid question: why is Ferrari trying to handle its Formula 1 drivers so precisely?
Mattia Binotto has an answer. It's up to you if you believe it, or agree with it. The Ferrari team boss is unlikely to care either way. Ferrari is his responsibility, Leclerc and Vettel are his drivers, and he will choose how to handle the "luxury" of having to control two alphas in the same garage.
"It's not tough because they are both very good drivers, smart drivers," says Binotto during one of many television interviews on the subject during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend. "You can always try to let them race. That's the easiest situation. But we are trying to manage our drivers to the benefit of the team and the drivers themselves.