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Christian Horner

Horner reacts to Binotto's Ferrari exit: I'm not really surprised

Red Bull's Christian Horner has been reflecting on Mattia Binotto's departure from Ferrari, and has also firmly ruled himself out of the running for the job at the Italian outfit.

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Christian Horner admits he is not entirely shocked by Mattia Binotto's exit from Ferrari.

After weeks of speculation, it was recently confirmed that Binotto had resigned from his position as Team Principal and will leave the role at the end of December, with a replacement set to be finalised in the new year.

When asked whether he was surprised by Binotto's departure from the team, Horner told Sky Sports F1: "Not really. It's obviously Ferrari's choice."

Horner also reflected on the fact that the Scuderia have had a change of leadership on more than one occasion in recent years.

"I think it will be the sixth team principal I'll have sat opposite since I've been at Red Bull," Horner added.

Horner committed to Red Bull

Horner went on to express sympathy for Binotto, who will leave Ferrari after 28 years with the squad.

"[It's] obviously difficult for him," Horner said.

"They had a great car this year, they were certainly very competitive."

Different names have been linked to the vacancy left by Binotto at the Scuderia, but Horner has reaffirmed his allegiance to Red Bull.

"My commitment is very much with the Red Bull team," he explained.

"I've been there since the beginning, and [I] obviously have a very close attachment."

Others react to Binotto's exit

Horner is not the only name in F1 to have shared their reaction to Binotto's departure from Ferrari.

The team's drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, also gave their take via social media following the announcement.

Leclerc spoke of how his "esteem and respect" for Binotto had "never diminished", while Sainz thanked the outgoing team boss for the "great memories".

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