Christian Horner rejected lucrative Ferrari offer to replace Mattia Binotto as team principal

As previously underlined by several important media news outlets, “the problem is not whether to replace Mattia Binotto, but possibly with whom. Because in front of that office at the corner of the corridor, despite being beautiful, white, large and bright, there is no queue”.

Current Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is one step away from making his resignation official, with CEO Benedetto Vigna ready to fill his position on an interim basis pending the confirmation of the official replacement. Alfa Romeo’s Frederic Vasseur remains the one in pole position to replace Mattia Binotto, but he can only be officially announced in January due to legal matters.

According to a recent report from the Dutch media outlet RacingNews365, Ferrari’s management tried to held negotiations with several important figures in the paddock, including Red Bull team principal Christian Horner:

“The word is Ferrari spoke to folk up and the down paddock – including Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, allegedly offered a package that would ensure a rather comfortable retirement – but given the churn and poisoned chalice that is Scuderia Ferrari’s top job there were no takers. Now it is up to Vigna to prove he can do it in addition to running the car automotive division, or maybe even enlist his Nintendo buddies.” – Dieter Rencken explained, as reported by RacingNews365.

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Mattia Binotto (53), a superb engineer with winning team principal experience plus widespread experience of Ferrari’s inner workings, will surely be snapped up once that period is over, while it is unlikely the Scuderia will find a replacement to lead its highest profile activity any time soon. As I wrote here, a key management rule is not to de-hire anybody unless a more effective replacement has been secured.” – he added.

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