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'Mattia Binotto leaving Ferrari, Vasseur appointed as successor'

'Mattia Binotto leaving Ferrari, Vasseur appointed as successor'

15-11-2022 13:10

Mattia Binotto has reportedly been sacked as team boss of Ferrari. This reports Gazetta dello Sport. According to the Italian newspaper, Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur will take his place from January.

According to the Italian newspaper, Ferrari director John Elkann tied the knot on Tuesday. Binotto will still be at the helm during the last race in Abu Dhabi but from next season Vasseur will hold the reins at the Italian racing stable, the Gazetta reported.

Binotto had been under fire for some time for the way he led Ferrari. The team made a good start to the season but due to a range of strategic lapses, Ferrari is currently having to work hard to avoid falling back to third position. After a botched qualifying session last weekend in Brazil, Charles Leclerc also made himself heard critically over the board radio.

Binotto took over as team boss in 2019

At the end of 2018, then Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene left after Ferrari failed to compete with Mercedes for the title. Binotto was appointed as his successor in January 2019 but could not live up to expectations either. Ferrari still closed 2019 as the second team but in the following years the team was condemned to the midfield.

Also, Binotto's first season as team boss was marked by controversy. Halfway through the year, rumours surfaced that the Ferrari car was not according to the regulations. Behind closed doors, Ferrari and the FIA came to an agreement, after which Ferrari suddenly could no longer fight at the front. The details of that agreement were never disclosed.

Currently, Ferrari is still 19 points ahead of Mercedes and Leclerc is tied with Sergio Perez for second place among drivers. So the last race of this season will determine how Binotto ends his career at Ferrari.