Binotto replaces Arrivabene as Ferrari team principal

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

Scuderia Ferrari has announced the departure of Maurizio Arrivabene from his role of team principal. Despite his frailties in leading the team, Arrivabene has brought the competitiveness to the team and that was visible in the last two seasons where they had a close battle with Mercedes.

Ferrari have failed to win the Formula One constructors' title for 11 years, missing out again in 2018 as Mercedes continued their dominance of the sport.

"The decision was taken together with the company's top management after lengthy discussions". Ferrari still thanks him for this nonetheless, and wishes him the best in future endeavours.

Arrivabene was appointed to the top-post by former president Sergio Marchionne, however, throughout his tenure, Arrivabene has been criticised as a puppet to Marchionne, with the real power instead resting with him, but died from complications during surgery for cancer last July. "All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia." it added. He joined Ferrari as team principal for the 2015 season, succeeding Marco Mattiacci, after working with the team's long-time major sponsor Philip Morris International and sitting on the F1 Commission.

Swiss-born Binotto is understood to have been favoured by Marchionne and has extensive pedigree.

Ferrari's drivers for the 2019 season are four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, runner-up to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton previous year, and Monaco's Charles Leclerc, who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel was responsible for some of their failings, but the team notably let him down operationally, failing to institute clear orders on some occasions and making the wrong tyre choice in qualifying in Japan, an error for which Arrivabene turned on his team. Meanwhile, they won their last constructor's title back in 2008.

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen was their last champion in 2007 on his first debut season for the stable.

The team will have a new driver next season with Monaco's Charles LeClerc replacing Raikkonen, who is moving to Sauber.

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