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Ferrari confirm Binotto's resignation from the team

Ferrari have announced that Mattia Binotto will leave the team following a turbulent 2022 season which yielded four race wins.

Ferrari has confirmed that Mattia Binotto will depart from the team following a disappointing 2022 season. A statement from Ferrari confirmed that Binotto would leave his post on 31st December. It continued to say that a replacement would be finalised in the new year. The news follows a period of intense speculation over his position at the team in Italian media, which started at the beginning of November. Ferrari has been the subject of numerous reliability problems, operational issues and driver errors in 2022, which ultimately enabled Red Bull to claim both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships. Initially the team was forced to deny the rumours of Binotto's exit in a statement, with him also clarifying that he spoke to Elkann during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

Binotto 'leaving the company he loves'

In the statement, Binotto believed that he was exiting a 'united and growing' team, which would continue towards future success. “With the regret that this entails, I have decided to conclude my collaboration with Ferrari," commented Binotto. "I am leaving a company that I love, which I have been part of for 28 years, with the serenity that comes from the conviction that I have made every effort to achieve the objectives set. "I leave a united and growing team. A strong team, ready, I’m sure, to achieve the highest goals, to which I wish all the best for the future. "I think it is right to take this step at this time as hard as this decision has been for me."

Binotto brought Ferrari back to winning ways

The news today brings to an end a 28-year partnership between Ferrari and Binotto, which started in 1995 when the Swiss-Italian joined the team. He was appointed head of Ferrari's engine department in 2013 prior to the hybrid F1 regulations being introduced. After a poor start and winless 2014 season, Binotto played a key role in turning around their performance, which culminated in success at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix. Binotto was later appointed Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in 2016, replacing James Allison who subsequently left to work for Mercedes. After a successful period as CTO, in which Ferrari regularly competed for race wins and championships in 2017 and 2018, Binotto was promoted to Team Principal in 2019, replacing Maurizio Arrivabene.

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