Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is surprised at Mercedes' decision to launch both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas the race for the GP of Russia with a medium-hard version of Pirelli tires.
While both Ferrari and Red Bull decided to start with the softest mixture, Mercedes sent its racers into the second leg of the qualification with medium-hard medium tires.
Mercedes decision also surprised Ferrari team boss Mattio Binotta:
“Their decision surprised me because we had not even thought about it. Our task is to find out why they decided to do so, since our simulations have shown that it is better to start with a softer mixture that will be much faster at the start because of the higher adhesion. Start will be crucial. ”