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Martin Brundle

Brundle's verdict on Binotto exit: If I was Mercedes or Red Bull, I'd be smiling

With the silly season between Formula 1 team bosses taking place, Martin Brundle thinks the changes at Ferrari will leave rivals "smiling", pointing to the lack of continuity at the team.

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Martin Brundle has given his verdict on the recent Team Principal moves, claiming Mattia Binotto's exit from Ferrari will be good news for Red Bull and Mercedes.

Binotto's exit from Ferrari triggered a 'silly season' for team principals, with Frederic Vasseur confirmed as his successor while Andreas Seidl left McLaren to take up the role as CEO at Sauber.

Brundle believes the timing of these changes will be great news for Ferrari's main rivals Mercedes and Red Bull.

"I'm not quite sure why Ferrari would choose now to have a month without a boss," Brundle said in an interview with Sky Sports. "I do think they should have given Binotto more time.

"If I was Mercedes or Red Bull right now, I'd be smiling because continuity is everything."

The commentator thinks with the longer seasons in F1, teams should be more careful with rotating significant members of team personnel.

He added: "As Formula 1 seasons get longer and more intense, you have to be careful of these sea changes of personnel.

"Mercedes have got real continuity, as have Red Bull in key personnel. Vasseur has got to go in and find his way, get established, understand, and it's a tall order.

"It doesn't matter who you are, it's going to take time unless you are a part of the fabric like [former boss Stefano] Domenicali was and like Binotto has been.

"It is such a fundamental change and it will destabilise them in the short term, it has to. Everybody will be slightly off balance thinking, where do they stand, and what's next. They'll be in limbo."

Brundle: Norris will be thinking, why has Seidl jumped ship?

With Seidl moving to Sauber, veteran race engineer Andrea Stella will be taking up the role of Team Principal.

But Brundle think the move could be bad news for Norris, who has previously hinted at his frustration with the teams progress to break into the big three.

"There's no doubt about it, losing Seidl is bad news for McLaren going forward," said Brundle.

"He's had a long term relationship with the Volkswagen group with Porsche so I can understand what he's done and I can understand why McLaren wanted to expedite that.

"The big thing for McLaren is their new wind tunnel in 2024. So Lando will be looking at it thinking, why has Andreas jumped ship? What has Andreas seen at Audi, that he much prefers to McLaren.

"Lando is very close to Zak (Brown) and he is doing a great job there, there's a good structure at McLaren. I don't panic in the slightest for them, but you can't read this as good news."

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