Binotto replaces Arrivabene as Ferrari F1 boss

Ferrari to replace F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with Binotto

Ferrari to replace F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with Binotto

Former Benetton and Renault team principal Flavio Briatore believes that Ferrari has made a wise move by replacing Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal at the team. He was even linked with a move to Italian football club Juventus.

Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that Arrivabene's contract will not be renewed following another disappointing season, with management errors blamed for the team missing out once again to Mercedes.

Strategic blunders by the team previous year only increased the pressure.

Binotto, depicted as a tough character with a demanding work ethic, was very much a favourite of former Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne who had earmarked the Swiss engineer for a leading role at the Scuderia before his untimely passing last summer. In his previous role as head of the power unit, he helped Ferrari recover from its disastrous start to the V6 turbo era and close the gap to Mercedes in terms of engine power.

A proponent of shutting off the media from the Scuderia, and a man well-versed in the art of intimidation, applied within his own team, Arrivabene has been terminated, but the Italian's demise may just be the prelude to more changes at the helm at Maranello.

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In four seasons under Arrivabene, Ferrari won 14 races - 13 by Vettel and one by Raikkonen - and finished second three times in the constuctors' standings.

Ferrari stalwart Binotto has been technical chief since 2016, when he stepped up to the role following the team's split with James Allison. In fact, it is easy to see parallels between Binotto and Ferrari legend Ross Brawn, who came from a similar background and displayed similar leadership qualities - Brawn helped turn Ferrari into the dominant force of the early 2000s.

Ferrari responded with no comment when asked by the Guardian on the veracity of the reports and the team have yet to make any official statement. Previous year in particular, despite having the quicker auto for considerable periods, a series of driver errors by Sebastian Vettel were compounded by team mistakes that saw their challenge falter and Lewis Hamilton take the title with two races remaining. There has been talk of his exit for more than a year.

The long-serving Kimi Raikkonen has been replaced with the 21-year-old Charles Leclerc, with the star graduate of Ferrari's young driver programme promoted to partner four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes' dominance of the recent era has been guided by stability. "All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia".

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