Ferrari and Mattia Binotto, it’s over. The director of the Italian F1 team, who has been in office since 2019, resigned on Tuesday, as many expected in the paddock after another disappointing season at the Scuderia. “Ferrari announces that it has accepted the resignation of Mattia Binotto, who will retire on December 31st. Team leader the composition of the team, ”the Italian team explained in a press release, without naming their replacement yet.
The 53-year-old Italian, often criticized this season, is paying the price for his inability to regain the world title despite a clearly improved single-seater in 2022. At the head of sports management, Binotto has certainly achieved his best result this season. 2nd place in the driver’s championship with the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and 2nd place among the constructors. But he again failed to bring Ferrari back to the top against Red Bull and Max Verstappen, crowned world champions. First of all, after an excellent start to the season, the changes made were not effective enough, and many decisions on the track caused a lot of controversy.
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In September, John Elkann, president of Ferrari, confirmed that Binotto had been shipped in mid-November to the Gazzetta dello Sport. On Friday, other editions of the Italian press announced this before the formalization on Tuesday.
“We want to thank Mattia for his significant contribution during his 28 years at Ferrari, in particular for what he is doing to ensure that the team can be competitive again in the season that has just ended,” said Benedetto Vigna, Managing Director of Ferrari. group,” the statement said.
“I am leaving a tight-knit team that has grown, a team that is strong and ready, I am sure, to achieve the best possible success. I believe that this decision (to leave) is the right one, even if it was difficult to take,” Binotto said. The famous prancing horse brand has not won the driver’s title since 2007 with Finland’s Kimi Räikkönen, and the constructor’s title since 2008 against McLaren.
Joining Ferrari in 1995 as an engine engineer, Binotto rose through the ranks at Scuderia until he became technical director in 2016. defeated by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Binotto, by contrast, hasn’t done much better: Still 2nd among manufacturers in 2019, behind Mercedes and ahead of Red Bull, Ferrari had its worst year in 2020 since 1980, finishing only 6th in the championship.
The most successful stable in history with 16 coronations and 242 victories, Ferrari will need to quickly restore stability ahead of the start of the season on March 5 in Bahrain. The name of Binotto’s successor is still unknown. “The process of identifying a new core team started and should be completed early next year,” Ferrari said simply.
One name is often mentioned – the Frenchman Frederic Vasser, director of the Alfa Romeo team working for Ferrari. And very close to Jean Todt, the French boss of the Scuderia, when she often won, with Michael Schumacher at the wheel.