Ferrari to appoint Binotto after Arrivabene axe
The axed Maurizio Arrivabene is set to be replaced as Ferrari's team principal by Mattia Binotto ahead of the new Formula 1 season.
The Scuderia have opted to make a change at the top after 61-year-old Arrivabene, who has been in the role since December 2014, failed to engineer a title success in the past two seasons despite having a stronger car compared to champions Mercedes in both campaigns.
It's believed that former president Sergio Marchionne had planned to remove Arrivabene at the end of 2018 before he died last July and current supremo John Elkann has decided to keep with his wishes.
The talk is that former technical boss, Binotto, is the man who will step into the void as his good work has caught the eye of Ferrari bosses and they want to ensure he stays put with three other teams believed to be willing to hand him their respective team principal jobs.
Meanwhile, former Benetton and Renault chief Flavio Briatore has spoken out to claim a change was required at Ferrari in order to take them to the next level.
He said: "This year Ferrari had what it takes to win the championship and did not do it.
"When you do not win, things have to change and I imagine that those who drive the Scuderia di Maranello have thought in this way.
"Binotto did an excellent job as technical director, last year Ferrari had a very good car, very fast and with a different management of the drivers could bring the world championship home.
"We will see what work he will do as a team principal, certainly I do not think he will have the dual role of team principal and technical director."
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