According to the Italian press, there are only a few hours left before the resignation of Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is made official. Frenchman Frédéric Vasseur is expected to replace him.
Arriving at Ferrari in 1995 as a trainee, Mattia Binotto is saying goodbye to the Scuderia. the Italian press, Corriere and Gazzetta dello Sport in mind, reveal this Friday that the announcement of the resignation of the boss of the legendary Italian team is only a matter of hours. Because it would indeed be a resignation and not a dismissal, for the one who is under contract until the end of next season. The first rumors came ten days ago, even before the last Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi which saw Charles Leclerc snatch the place of vice-world champion behind Max Verstappen (Red Bull). “The facts showed in 2022 that we were not yet ripe and ready for victory,” Binotto said after the race, without giving any hints of a possible start. We had good weekends and others with mistakes, we will grow, be competitive. But winning is a different thing, there is one more step to take. This team has worked well in the difficulties and will continue to do so. »
A lack of confidence from the president
According to Corriere dello Sport, “Mattia Binotto is said to have decided to leave the premises in the face of a persistent lack of confidence on the part of (Ferrari) chairman John Elkann, with whom relations remained cold for a long time. “ Benedetto Vigna, managing director of Ferrari, will take the place of the engineer with glasses and curly hair of 53 years, the time to find a replacement. A replacement who is still very likely to be the Frenchman Frédéric Vasseur, current boss of the Alfa Romeo team, whose name comes up insistently on the side of Maranello. Still according to the Italian daily, the Frenchman’s candidacy is supported by Charles Leclerc, who wants a boss ready to make him the team’s No. 1 driver.and not on par with Carlos Sainz Jr. The miracle solution for Ferrari, sixteen years after Kimi Raïkkönen, to win a new title of world drivers’ champion?