Mattia Binotto expected to face sacking from Ferrari ‘in a few hours’
Mattia Binotto is expected to lose his job as Ferrari team principal in a matter of hours, according to an Italian newspaper. Corriere della Sera. Binotto and Ferrari CEO John Elkann are understood to be in talks over release clauses with an official announcement believed to be imminent.
Binotto is also believed to leave Ferrari after joining the team in 1995. His departure stems from Elkann’s lack of trust with Corierre stating that the pair’s relationship has been cold for a long time.
Binotto is reported to have told close friends that he was too tired to continue his work on the Prancing Horse. Binotto’s deal was due to expire at the end of 2023, but the boss has faced questions about his position since Ferrari’s title bid evaporated.
Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur still appears to be the favorite to replace the Italian. However, Ferrari denied the speculation ahead of last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, claiming the reports were false.
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A statement said: “Regarding speculation in certain media about the position of Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto, Ferrari states that these rumors are completely without foundation.” Last week, the French newspaper The team He claimed that Binotto and Charles Leclerc have not spoken since the British Grand Prix.
The Scuderia have been blamed for a series of strategic mistakes that cost Leclerc the chance to fight Max Verstappen for the title. Elkann also lobbied Binotto at the Italian Grand Prix when he demanded team improvements from him.
Elkann said: “We need to keep making progress and that goes for the mechanics, the engineers, the drivers and obviously the whole management team, including the team principal. We have seen that there are still too many mistakes when it comes to reliability. . , driving and strategy.”
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But Binotto stressed that he was not worried in Abu Dhabi after revealing that he had received assurances from Elkann. Binotto told Sky Sports F1: “Obviously it is not for me to decide, but I am quite relaxed.
“The reason why I am calm is that I always have an open, frank and constructive discussion with my bosses, with my president, not only in the short term, but also in the medium and long term.
“More than that, if I look back on the season, yes, we had some ups and downs and today we are not the fastest car on the track, but we achieved our main goal of coming back and being competitive in the new era of 2022 cars.
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