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Ferrari denies reports of Binotto sacking

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15/11/2022

Ferrari has issued a brief denial that Mattia Binotto is to be fired as its team boss.

Earlier today, Italy's Corriere della Sera and Gazzetta dello Sport both reported that Binotto is to be fired and replaced by (Alfa Romeo) boss, Frederic Vasseur.

"In relation to speculation in certain media regarding Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto's position, Ferrari states that these rumours are totally without foundation," said the Italian team in a brief statement posted on social media.

Fact is, almost from the moment Binotto was appointed in early 2019, the Italian media has been on his back, and at times not without good reason.

The team has made a number of crucial strategic errors and having looked potential favourites for this year's championship, having lost out on both titles now appear to be under threat of even missing out on the runner-up slots.

However, while there have been many mistakes under Binotto's rule, this is nothing new, for a far back as anyone can remember the Maranello outfit has squandered opportunities as the likes of Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will readily attest.

Indeed, it was only with the recruitment of the (outside) dream team of Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Michael Schumacher that Ferrari finally got its act together.

Reports of Binotto's firing come days after the death of technical genius Mauro Forghieri, and the fact is that the likable Binotto should have been left where he was, running the technical side of the operation.

As it is, someone like Vasseur would be a good move for Ferrari, especially as Audi is likely to have its own people in mind for when it partners with Sauber in a couple of seasons, as a dedicated F1 sponsorship department was already in operation before the German manufacturer officially confirmed its entry.

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1. Posted by Wokingchap, 17/11/2022 12:08

"I wondered why Binotto hadn't been at the last few races.......I could wrong."

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2. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 16/11/2022 17:15

"Aside from the strategic mistakes, Ferrari pretty much got it right this season therefore sacking Binotto should not be on the table.
Binotto largely steadied the ship.
The next level down however should be worried as Binotto will have to ring in changes track side and in the strategic area for next season.
It could be be just a shuffle of who is there now or new people coming in.
If changes are not made then Binotto will need be moved on, perhaps back to the technical team or he'll be snapped up by a Ferrari rival.
Not that this is what I think should logically happen and does not take into account the emotional decision making process.
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3. Posted by Italian Job, 16/11/2022 11:22

"Corriere della Sera and Gazzetta dello Sport are from the same stable and the latter is extremely influential in all Italian sport be it ski, football, motorsport, whatever.
The problem is that nobody has ever called them out and said "you do better....""

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4. Posted by Max Noble, 16/11/2022 4:01

"Ah the offical deny has been unleashed! Expect him out the door next week after the final race of the season… Let’s see what happens…"

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5. Posted by JamesD, 15/11/2022 21:28

"Ferrari do need to make changes on the prat perch ..."

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