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Horner believes there will be 'huge pressure' on new Ferrari team boss

Mattia Binotto is set to depart from Ferrari at the end of the year after four years as Team Principal, with the team yet to announce who will replace him.

Christian Horner believes there will be "huge pressure" on whoever takes up the role as Ferrari Formula 1 team boss after Mattia Binotto's resignation. The Red Bull Team Principal paid tribute to Binotto at the recent FIA Prize Giving ceremony, complimenting him on the job he has done at turning around Ferrari's fortunes in recent years. "In all fairness to him he did a very good job at producing a very competitive car and engine for Ferrari this year, but obviously they had their moments operationally," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com . "But he [Binotto] committed a long period of his career and life to Ferrari, and I'm sure it must be very difficult for him to leave that team after all that time."

Horner: It will be the sixth Team Principal I've sat against

Horner is Formula 1's longest-serving Team Principal, having joined F1 in 2005, while Ferrari will have gone through six in that period with just one Drivers' Championship in 2007 and two Constructors' Championships in 2007 and 2008. Anyone who takes on the role will be subjected to huge pressure to deliver, according to Horner, who was reportedly contacted about the role but declined. He added: "There is a huge pressure on that team as it's effectively a national team as well as an OEM team. "It will now be the sixth Team Principal that I have sat across the table from since I've been at Red Bull, so a lot of pressure on that job." On Tuesday morning, Ferrari announced that it would be Fred Vasseur who would become the Team Principal and General Manager , effective January 9th. It follows his departure from Alfa Romeo , with that spot set to be filled by McLaren's Andreas Seidl.

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