Benedetto Vigna thanks Mattia Binotto for “leading team back to a position of competitiveness”
Scuderia Ferrari have officially announced that Mattia Binotto will leave his position as at the top of the Racing Division, a confirmation that finally puts an end to days of rumours and speculation, as the Italian media had announced the news even before the final round of the 2022 Formula One season.
Mattia Binotto, who joined the Maranello team as an engine engineer back in 1995, took on his current role – encompassing the Gestione Sportiva department – before the start of the 2019 F1 championship. After two difficult years, in 2020 and 2021, the Italian side started the 2022 campaign strong by exploiting the introduction of Formula 1’s all-new rules and regulations. The F1-75 challenger seemed able of fighting for the title, as Ferrari secured a memorable one-two finish with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the first round of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix.
First reports regarding a big structural change in the Italian media were initially denied by Scuderia Ferrari, but further speculation emerged after the final round of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit and Ferrari officially confirmed the information on Friday morning, announcing that Mattia Binotto handed in his resignation and that the Ferrari top management had accepted it.
The official statement also confirmed that “the process is underway to identify Scuderia Ferrari’s new Team Principal and is expected to be finalised in the new year”.
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Ferrari chief executive officer Benedetto Vigna sent a message to Mattia Binotto, who is leaving Ferrari after almost three decades:
“I would like to thank Mattia for his many great contributions over 28 years with Ferrari and particularly for leading the team back to a position of competitiveness during this past year. As a result, we are in a strong position to renew our challenge, above all for our amazing fans around the world, to win the ultimate prize in motorsport. Everyone here at the Scuderia and in the wider Ferrari community wishes Mattia well for the future.” – Ferrari chief executive officer Benedetto Vigna said.
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