Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto acknowledged that the staunch was also getting used to being a team leader, and described the first encounters with his racers as very “awkward”.

Binotto replaced Maurizio Arrivabene at the helm of Scuderie before this season, and as a new team boss, the staunch had to face frequent disagreements between his racers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the outset.

In an interview with Motorsport.com, the Italian acknowledged that the introductory meetings were all but relaxed.

It was difficult at first, as these conversations were very awkward and full of unpleasant moments. Throughout the season, we all got used to each other and the communication between us became much more relaxed. We know that we have a common goal that is to deliver the best results for Ferrari. It will be much easier next season as we are already much more “teamed up”.

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