Binotto set to leave Ferrari F1 team principal role

Binotto’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks after Ferrari failed to end their long wait to win F1 world titles, with Red Bull and Max Verstappen ultimately dominating the 2022 season.

After a positive start to the campaign with two wins from the opening three races, Ferrari’s season quickly collapsed amid a catalog of poor strategy calls, reliability failures and driver errors.

With the increasing pressure on Binotto in the second half of the year, reports in Italian media claimed that he was set to leave Ferrari ahead of next season.

Ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ferrari responded by issuing a statement which stated the rumors were “totally without foundation”, while Binotto insisted he remained “relaxed” about his future.

“Obviously it’s not down to me to decide, but I’m pretty relaxed,” Binotto said in Abu Dhabi.

“The reason why I’m relaxed is that I always have an open, frank and constructive discussion with my bosses, with my chairman, not only on the short term but on the medium and the long term.

“More than that, if I look back at the season, yes, we had a few ups and downs and today we are not the fastest car on track, but we achieved our main objective to be back and competitive in the new era of the 2022 cars.”

According to a report by Italian newspaper Corriere on Friday, Binotto and Ferrari are now defining the terms of an “agreed separation”, with an official announcement of Binotto’s departure expected imminently.

The report claims Binotto is leaving following a breakdown in trust from Ferrari president John Elkann.

Current Alfa Romeo F1 boss Frederic Vasseur has been mooted as the favorite to replace Binotto, a move which reportedly has the support of Charles Leclerc, who previously raced for Vasseur during his rookie F1 season with Sauber in 2018.

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