Mattia Binotto to resign as Ferrari team principal at end of 2022

Binotto, who has been with Ferrari since 1995, said: “With the regret that this entails, I have decided to conclude my collaboration with Ferrari.

“It is right to take this step, as hard as this decision has been for me,” Mattia Binotto said about leaving Ferari.

“It is right to take this step, as hard as this decision has been for me,” Mattia Binotto said about leaving Ferari. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Binotto, who has been with Ferrari since 1995, said: “With the regret that this entails, I have decided to conclude my collaboration with Ferrari.

Mattia Binotto will leave his role as Ferrari team principal at the end of this year. A statement from Ferrari on Tuesday said the process to identify a replacement was “underway”.

Binotto, who has been with Ferrari since 1995, said: “With the regret that this entails, I have decided to conclude my collaboration with Ferrari.

‘United and growing team’

“It is right to take this step, as hard as this decision has been for me.”

“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.”

Binotto took over the team principal role in 2019.

The team was winless in 2020 and 2021, but started 2022 promisingly as Charles Leclerc won two of the opening three races, only for his title challenge to fizzle out as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the championship with ease.

Ferrari came under criticism for blunders in its pit and tire strategies during Binotto’s time in charge. A botched pit stop at the Dutch Grand Prix in September saw only three tires initially fitted to Carlos Sainz Jr.’s car and was seen as a symbol of Ferrari’s difficulties.

Great contributions

Ferrrai CEO Benedetto Vigna added: “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.”

Kimi Raikkonen delivered Ferrari’s last driver’s’ crown in 2007, with the team winning its last constructors’ championship the following year.

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