As expected for a few days, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has resigned from his post, which he will leave on December 31. The name of his successor has not been disclosed.
Two weeks after the first rumors came out in The Gazzetta dello Sportt and four days after the new information from the Italian press announcing the “imminent” news, it is now official: Mattio Binotto has resigned as boss of the Ferrari team. A resignation which will be effective from December 31. The Scuderia announced this Tuesday morning in a press release. “With the regret that this entails, I have decided to conclude my collaboration with Ferrari. I am leaving a company that I love, of which I have been a part for 28 years, with the serenity that comes from the conviction that I have done everything possible to achieve the objectives set. I leave a united and growing team. A solid team, ready, I am sure, to achieve the highest goals, to whom I wish the best for the future. I think it’s the right time to cross, as difficult this decision is for me. I would like to thank all the people in sports management who have shared this journey with me, made of difficulties but also of great satisfaction,” writes the engineer, who arrived at Ferrari as a trainee in 1995.
Seven victories under Binotto
“I would like to thank Mattia for his many tremendous contributions over his 28 years at Ferrari and in particular for bringing the team back to a competitive position over the past year. As a result, we are in a strong position to renew our challenge, especially for our incredible fans around the world, to win the ultimate motorsport prize. Everyone here at the Scuderia and in the wider Ferrari community wishes Mattia the best of luck for the future,” wrote Ferrari Managing Director Benedetto Vigna. Mattia Binotto (53), who succeeded Maurizio Arrivabene in January 2019, prefers to leave given Ferrari’s disappointing results over the past four seasons. The Scuderia, despite some victories (three in 2019 thanks to Leclerc and Vettel; four in 2022 thanks to Leclerc and Sainz Jr), never managed to get involved in the fight for the world title with Mercedes and Red Bull, even finishing sixth in the Constructors’ Championship in a disastrous 2020 season. This year, Charles Leclerc finished vice-world champion, but that is not enough for a team that has been waiting for a title since 2007 and that of Kimi Raïkkönen. Ferrari has not revealed the name of Binotto’s successor, but that of Frenchman Frédéric Vasseur (54), currently working at Alfa Romeo, is insistently coming back.