As we discussed on last night’s podcast, the rumors were strong regarding the departure of Mattia Binotto as Ferrari team boss. Today, the team made it official.
Ferrari Press Release:
Maranello (Italy), November 29, 2022 – Ferrari N.V. (NYSE/EXM: RACE) (“Ferrari” or the “Company”) announces that it has accepted the resignation of Mattia Binotto who will leave his role as Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal on December 31.
Benedetto Vigna commented: “I would like to thank Mattia for his many great contributions over 28 years with Ferrari and particularly for leading the team back to a position of competitiveness during this past year. As a result, we are in a strong position to renew our challenge, above all for our amazing fans around the world, to win the ultimate prize in motorsport. Everyone here at the Scuderia and in the wider Ferrari community wishes Mattia well for the future.”
Mattia Binotto said: “With the regret that this entails, I have decided to conclude my collaboration with Ferrari. I am leaving a company that I love, which I have been part of for 28 years, with the serenity that comes from the conviction that I have made every effort to achieve the objectives set. I leave a united and growing team. A strong team, ready, I’m sure, to achieve the highest goals, to which I wish all the best for the future. I think it is right to take this step at this time as hard as this decision has been for me. I would like to thank all the people at the Gestione Sportiva who have shared this journey with me, made up of difficulties but also of great satisfaction.”
The process is underway to identify Scuderia Ferrari’s new Team Principal and is expected to be finalized in the new year.
I hear Ross Brawn and Seb Vettel are looking for something to do.
It’s tough because as Grace and NC said, this is the best they’ve done in awhile. On the other hand, he got caught in a cheating scandal which cost them at least one season of humiliation, and this year the team lost positions and possibly even a championship it was fast enough to win through active bollocksing of all sorts. To come in second sounds good, but to do so in the rare year Merc aren’t competitive means essentially to come in last of the big teams. So it’s not super, given Ferrari’s structural (some would say unfair) advantages, it’s… Read more »
And here comes the real problem… 5 bosses in 9 years.
2009 Ross Brawn trainee Todt gone, Stefano in charge but (emotional slob) Smedley actually running the show = Massa and Alonso doomed. 2012 Kimi returns… Then in 2014 Mattiaci arrives and dooms Ferrari’s chances, so he’s replaced by Arrivabene.. So in 2015 Seb joins (Massa out) and it’s downhill from there with Arrivabene over-controlling until 2019 when he’s gone and Binotto took over… so Seb leaves, LeClerc struggles to this day.
In the spirit of Christmas: Bah Humbug.