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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc shares reaction to Binotto's Ferrari departure

Following the news that Mattia Binotto has resigned from his role as Team Principal at Ferrari, Charles Leclerc has paid tribute to the Swiss-Italian.

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Charles Leclerc has given his reaction following the news of Mattia Binotto's departure from Ferrari.

It was confirmed on 29 November that Binotto will leave his role at the end of December, with a replacement set to be finalised in the new year.

In light of the announcement, Leclerc has paid tribute to Binotto in a social media post.

"Thank you for everything, Mattia," Leclerc wrote on Instagram alongside of photo of the pair together.

"We spent four very intense years together, full of great satisfaction and also, inevitably, moments that tested us.

"My esteem and respect for you have never diminished, and we have always worked with full dedication to achieve the same goals. Good luck for everything."

Sainz praises Binotto for 'pushing' team

Leclerc's teammate Carlos Sainz has also spoken out and praised Binotto for the role that he has played at the team.

"Grazie Mattia. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside you to push the team and ourselves forward through thick and thin," Sainz posted on Twitter.

"Thanks for the great memories and moments we shared in and out of a racing track and all the best in your future endeavours!"

Binotto announces exit 'with regret'

After weeks of speculation over his future at the team, Binotto explained his decision to resign in a statement.

"With the regret that this entails, I have decided to conclude my collaboration with Ferrari," he commented.

"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."

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