After reports close to Ferrari saying that a management shake-up was on its way, the Scuderia have confirmed that Mattia Binotto will take over from Maurizio Arrivabene with immediate effect.
After 4 challenging years of leading one of Formula One’s most legendary team, Maurizio Arrivabene is to be replaced by Mattia Binotto ahead of the upcoming F1 Season.
Arrivabene joined Ferrari in December 2014 after a disastrous year for the Scuderia in which F1 champions, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, could only wrangle the F14 T to 4th in the championship following the new Turbo-Hybrid 1.6-litre V6 turbos.
Since 2015, Ferrari have overall been the 2nd best team behind Mercedes and have challenged for both title bids in 2017 and 2018 but due to a series of driver and management errors, the team are still waiting for their first Constructors Championship since 2008.
A Ferrari statement said: “After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team. The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.
“Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours.
“With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s Team Principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia.”
Binotto in charge
Binotto, 49, has risen through the ranks at Ferrari having joined in 1995. In 2014, he was appointed as new engine director and then in 2016 he was appointed Chief Technical Officer of Ferrari.
It has been understood that there had been tensions between Arrivabene and Binotto through the 2nd half of last season when Ferrari’s title challenge fell apart.
Binotto is highly regarded in the F1 paddock as an engineering leader with many in the paddock crediting the Italian team’s power unit gains to him when he was power unit Chief Operating Officer in 2015.
How will this effect Ferrari?
Ferrari are not normal to a shake-up in driver line-up or management. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen had been the Scuderia’s driver line-up since 2015 but with an effective swap with Charles Leclerc, this change seemed to be dramatic enough.
Including Binotto, there has been 4 Team Principal changes at Ferrari since 2008. Stefano Domenicali’s long reign from 2008 to 2014, Marco Mattiacci’s short ‘n’ sweet role from April to November in 2014 and Arrivabene’s highly frustrating role since December ’14’.
Arrivabene’s departure just two months before the start of the new season will inevitably raise questions as to how the change will affect the running of the team.
Now, with new management and a young, quick superstar partnering a 4 time Champion, can Ferrari take the glory back to Maranello this season?