Maurizio Arrivabene replaced as Ferrari team principal by former technical boss Mattia Binotto
- Arrivabene held the role for four years and oversaw a period of improvement
- But driver and management errors undermined the team’s campaign in 2018
- Upheaval raises questions as to how Mercedes’ main rivals can mount challenge
Ferrari have replaced team principal Maurizio Arrivabene with technical head Mattia Binotto after failing to win either of the Formula One titles last year.
Arrivabene, 61, had led Ferrari since December 2014 and oversaw a period of improvement, before driver and management errors undermined the team’s campaign in 2018.
The upheaval, just two months before the start of the new season, raises questions as to how Mercedes’ main challengers can make up the gap this year.
Ferrari have replaced team principal Maurizio Arrivabene (above) with Mattia Binotto
Mattia Binotto (left) is to replace Ferrari team boss Arrivabene (right) this season
Ferrari released a statement on Monday evening, which read: ‘After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team.
‘The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.
‘Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours.
Sebastian Vettel started well last year but Ferrari fell flat in the second half of the season
‘With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia.’
Ferrari have not won a constructors’ title since 2008, while Sebastian Vettel has come up short in his head-to-head battle with Lewis Hamilton for the drivers’ crown over the past two years.
Vettel will be hoping Binotto’s appointment can help him overcome Hamilton and Mercedes to win a fifth world title in 2019.
He will be joined by Monegasque youngster Charles Leclerc – the 21-year-old having impressed for Sauber last year.