Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto resigns | Formula 1 news

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Mattia Binotto has resigned as team principal of Formula 1 giant Ferrari, the historic Italian manufacturer announced on Tuesday.
“Ferrari NV announces that it has accepted the resignation of Mattia Binotto, who will step down from his role as team principal of Scuderia Ferrari on December 31,” the statement read. The 53-year-old Swiss-born Italian had been with Ferrari for nearly three decades and took on the role of team principal in 2019.

Rumors circulated about Binotto’s future ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix earlier this month when the team failed to seriously challenge Red Bull after a promising start to the season .

“It is with the regret this brings that I have decided to end my partnership with Ferrari,” Binotto said in the statement.

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“I am leaving a company I love, which I have been a part of for 28 years, with the serenity that comes from the belief that I have done everything I can to achieve the goals set.

“I leave behind a united and growing team. A strong team, ready, I’m sure, to achieve the highest goals, which I wish all the best for the future.”

Ferrari Group CEO Benedetto Vigna said Binotto had achieved many things in his role, including making Ferrari competitive again.

“I would like to thank Mattia for his many great contributions during 28 years at Ferrari and in particular for bringing the team back to a competitive position over the past year,” said Vigna.

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“This puts us in a strong position to renew our challenge, especially for our amazing fans around the world, to win the ultimate prize in motorsport.”

Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport had broken the original story about Binotto’s future – though the team said the story was baseless – claiming that Ferrari was considering recruiting Alfa Romeo team chief Fred Vasseur.

After a terrible season in 2020 and a mediocre year of recovery in 2021, Ferrari started this season with two wins in the first three races, but was then swept away by Red Bull’s massive success as Max Verstappen cruised to his second world title.

The team achieved further victories in July, but failed to win any of the remaining 11 races.

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Numerous missteps in the pit lane damaged first driver Charles Leclerc’s attempt to keep an eye on Verstappen. Leclerc finished second in the title race but was almost 150 points behind the Dutchman.

Ferrari also finished second in the Constructors’ Championship, but more than 200 points behind Red Bull.

Kimi Raikkonen delivered Ferrari’s final drivers’ crown in 2007, and the team won their final Constructors’ Championship the following year.

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