Ferrari set to replace boss Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto after failing to clinch world championship title last season
- Ferrari are set to have a management reshuffle before the start of this season
- Boss Maurizio Arrivabene is to be replaced by technical head Mattia Binotto
- The F1 team started well in their title bid but failed badly as Mercedes won it
The sports daily, in a front-page story, said a formal announcement could come by the end of the day. The official Formula One website also picked up the report.
A team spokesman said he was not aware of anything imminent, however.
Mattia Binotto (L) is set to replace Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene (R) this season
Ferrari won six of the 21 races last season but their title challenge evaporated in the second half of the year and Mercedes won both the drivers’ and constructors’ crowns for the fifth year in a row.
Arrivabene’s tenure has looked uncertain for some time, with reports as far back as October 2017 suggesting Binotto could replace the former Philip Morris marketing executive.
Strategic blunders by the team last year only increased the pressure on the boss.
Arrivabene was under mounting pressure after Ferrari failed in their bid for the championship
The death in July last year of chairman Sergio Marchionne triggered a change at the top, with Louis Camilleri taking over as chief executive and John Elkann, a scion of Italy’s Agnelli family, as chairman.
The autosport.com website reported Arrivabene’s ousting had been confirmed by senior sources within the team and said Elkann had decided Binotto was the right man to lead the team forward.
The Ferrari veteran, who has risen through the ranks to technical director and overseen a big step up in engine performance, has also reportedly been a target for rival constructors.
Ferrari’s drivers for the 2019 season are four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, runner-up to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton last year, and Monaco’s Charles Leclerc who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen.
Finland’s Raikkonen, world champion in 2007, remains the most recent title winner for the sport’s oldest, most successful and glamorous team.
Sebastian Vettel started well last year but Ferrari fell flat in the second half of the season