F1, Binotto towards farewell to Ferrari. Hunt for a successor, from the Alfa Romeo team principal Vasseur to the managing director Vigna

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The resignation of Mattia Binotto from Ferrari is imminent. The current team principal was already given the departure on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which closed the Formula 1 season last Sunday. The indiscretion, together with the news of the arrival of Frederic Vasseur from Alfa Romeo as a substitute, was been denied by Ferrari as “totally baseless”.

Binotto will leave his position as team principal and the company where he has worked since 1995, first as an intern, then as an engine engineer until his promotion to the highest position within the team. At the basis of the decision there would be the climate of distrust in the top management of the Group, at the end of a season that began with two victories in a row and continued in decline, with the achievement of second place among the drivers (with Charles Leclerc) and among the Constructors, behind Max Verstappen and Red Bull.

The change at the top takes place when the important technical choices have already been made, a couple of months after the launch of the new single-seater.

The name of the successor is expected during the day, while the total names have begun: the hypothesis remains open Vasseur, who launched Charles Leclerc in F1 in 2018 and has a privileged relationship with the Monegasque driver. Another name circulating is that of Benedetto Vigna, the current CEO of Ferrari who could take on the role of interim team principal alongside a technical director from outside, a figure who had disappeared under Mattia Binotto.

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