Christian Horner, the team boss of Red Bull, states that there is no room for Mattia Binotto at Red Bull.
Horner received an approach to be the new boss of Ferrari after Binotto was ousted, which he considers flattering.
Horner is content running Red Bull and acknowledges the competitiveness of Ferrari and Mercedes, despite Red Bull’s past successes.
Although Horner thinks Binotto did well as the boss of Ferrari, he is not interested in hiring him for Red Bull.
“No, there’s no place for him,” Horner is quoted by Eurosport Italy. “I don’t know what role he could play at our team.
“He will probably have better opportunities in teams lower down the grid.”
Toto Wolff, from Mercedes, has downplayed the possibility of hiring Mattia Binotto.
Horner mentions that Red Bull has chosen to make gradual changes to their 2022 car for the new season instead of major changes due to the stable regulations.
“There are a few aerodynamic changes,” he said, “but the RB19 will hopefully inherit all the strengths of our most successful car to date, the RB18.”
World champion Max Verstappen believes it would be foolish for Red Bull to adopt a completely different approach in 2023.
This opinion is especially true due to the additional wind tunnel restrictions imposed on Red Bull as a result of a minor budget cap overspend.
“We are doing the best with what we have,” said Horner. “The team had to adapt to the handicap and they have done a fantastic job.
“Will it be enough? We’ll start to find out in a couple of weeks but we have accepted the situation and tried to adapt to ensure we’re as efficient as possible.
“But if we get 50 percent of the race wins and points that we got last year, that could well be enough to still win the championship.”