After months of denials that Ferrari was considering a major control shake up after another failed attempt to gain the Formula 1 world championship, news of the change leaked out on Monday.
Insiders with excellent understanding of the situation have shown that Ferrari president John Elkann has decided that Binotto is the perfect man to lead Ferrari in 2019.
Even though there’s not been any official announcement, a report in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport theorized that affirmation can arrive as early as now.
The movement to displace Arrivabene has arrived after a season when handling errors were viewed as one of the main facets inside neglecting to procure the entire tournament title.
Even though having delivered the fastest automobile for periods of the summer season, the team didn’t capitalise on its own chances as Mercedes back came out on top.
The failure to manage the problem of team requests in a transparent manner like Mercedes did triggered unnecessary flash issues between Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel at the Italian and German Grands Prix.
There were also numerous strategic blunders, certainly one which in Japan, when the team opted for the incorrect tyres in qualifying, prompted a remarkable outburst from Arrivabene concerning how that his team were carrying.
Arrivabene later switched his focus to attributing insufficient progress with car development.
There have always been rumours that Binotto and Arrivabene had discussions regarding the direction and approach to the team since it will bid to end its F1 title drought.
Before the Christmas break, Arrivabene hit out at what he predicted’fake news’ over reports that Binotto was frustrated with the problem that he might leave the outfit.
“The rumours about Mattia are a fake news, put around to produce instability in the team,” he explained.
“it’s an attempt to attempt to create issues where there are no issues, and I don’t want to comment on false rumours any longer.
“Through this season there have been a number of attempts at destabilisation, some times with stories about the driversothers in regards to the technicians.
Ask [Ferrari] managing director [Louis] Camilleri.”
But in the long run, it appears that Ferrari’s senior supervisors have determined that its hopes of stopping Mercedes’ dominance are better served together with Binotto in charge.
Ferrari stalwart Binotto has been technical chief since 2016, when he awakened to the role after the team’s divide with James Allison.
Binotto first joined Ferrari in 1995, originally as an investigation engine engineer and then played a comparable role to the race team from 1997 to 2003.
After a spell for a race engine engineer, and engineer, he became head of engine and also KERS in ’09 — before stepping up to chief operating officer of the energy component at the close of 2014.
It is uncertain who will replace Binotto as a member of Ferrari’s technical section, but there are hints the team might elect to simply hand responsibility to aero chief Enrico Cardile and mind of its engine department Corrado Iotti.
Mattia Binotto, Ferrari Chief Technical Officer