Ferrari f1 Mattia Binotto no more Ferrari team principal

Ferrari announced at the end of the year that Mattia Binotto would be stepping down as Ferrari team manager.

Binotto, who originally joined the team in 1995 as an engine engineer, assumed his current role covering the Gestione Sportiva division ahead of the 2019 campaign.

After challenging 2020 and 2021 seasons, Ferrari exploited the advent of entirely new regulations in F1 to emerge as the front-runners, claiming a 1-2 result with drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at the 2022 opener in Bahrain. .

However, after some more success early in the season, Leclerc and Ferrari’s title challenge was derailed by a combination of instability, strategy mix-up and driver error, along with rival Red Bull’s persistence.

Ferrari denied earlier reports of structural changes in Italian media, but more speculation emerged after the season finale in Abu Dhabi, and Scuderia released a statement Tuesday morning confirming Binotto’s resignation.

The team added: “The process of finding a new team leader for Scuderia Ferrari is ongoing and is expected to be finalized in the new year.”

“With the accompanying regret, we have decided to end the collaboration with Ferrari,” Binotto said.

He said, “I am leaving the company I have loved for 28 years with the serenity that comes from knowing that I have put all my efforts into achieving my goals.

“I am leaving a team that is unified and growing. We wish you all the best for the future. A strong team ready to achieve your highest goals. As difficult as this decision is for me, I feel it is right to take this step at this point.

“I would like to thank everyone at Gestione Sportiva for accompanying me on this difficult but very satisfying journey.”

Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna said: “I would like to thank Mattia for his many contributions during his 28 years with Ferrari, especially for leading the team back to a competitive position over the past year.

“As a result, we are in a strong position to renew our challenge to win the highest prize in motorsport, first and foremost for our amazing fans around the world.

“Everyone here at Scuderia and the wider Ferrari community wishes Mattia a good future.”

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