Binotto replaces Arrivabene as Ferrari boss

Ferrari to replace F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with Binotto

"Mattia Binotto has replaced Maurizio Arrivabene as Ferrari's team principal, the team has confirmed".

Binotto has risen through the Ferrari ranks over the last two decades with many crediting the Italian team's power unit gains to him, after he took over as power unit Chief Operating Officer ahead of 2015.

But Ferrari's shake-up has now leaked out, and insiders with good knowledge of the situation have revealed that Ferrari president John Elkann has decided that Binotto is the right man to lead Ferrari in 2019.

Had it not been for a woeful second half of the season, which saw Ferrari fall back and effectively give both the drivers' and constructors' crowns to Mercedes, Arrivabene might still be employed.

The failure to deal with the issue of team orders in a clear manner like Mercedes did triggered unnecessary flash points between Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel at the German and Italian Grands Prix.

While much was made of Sebastian Vettel's errors a year ago, Arrivabene was also culpable for Ferrari's failure to win either title after a series of operational mistakes from the pit-wall which he ultimately oversaw as team boss.

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"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 endeavors".

Ferrari stalwart Binotto has been technical chief since 2016, when he stepped up to the role following the team's split with James Allison. It remains to be seen what Binotto will do in terms of restructuring the team. The challenge of dethroning Mercedes after five dominant years is no small feat, and only time will tell if the 49-year-old Swiss is up to the task.

It has also been reported that Binotto and Arrivabene had disagreements over the team's approach to secure a Formula 1 title.

The team's drivers for the 2019 season are Germany's four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, runner-up to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton previous year, and new arrival Charles Leclerc who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen. There has been talk of his exit for more than a year. And while strong technically and great with the staff, it's unclear whether Binotto has the commercial experience required to deliver in this role.

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