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Mattia Binotto offers his resignation as Ferrari team principal

Mattia Binotto offers his resignation as Ferrari team principal after losing the confidence of Charles Leclerc… with Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur expected to replace him

  • Mattia Binotto has offered to step down as team principal of Ferrari 
  • Ferrari had a mixed season, winning just four races throughout the campaign
  • Binotto has lost the confidence of the team’s number one driver Charles Leclerc
  • Alfa Romeo chief Fred Vasseur is expected to replace Binotto at Ferrari 

Mattia Binotto has offered his resignation as team principal of Ferrari.

In truth, if his departure is confirmed, it will be a case of being pushed rather than jumping after a mixed season, but one in which he lost the confidence of key players, including No 1 driver Charles Leclerc and chairman John Elkann.

Binotto is expected to be replaced by Alfa Romeo boss, Fred Vasseur, a 54-year-old Frenchman who ran Leclerc in his junior career.

Mattia Binotto has offered to resign as team principal of Ferrari after their mixed season

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur is expected to replace Binotto if he leaves Ferrari

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur is expected to replace Binotto if he leaves Ferrari

Binotto, 53, a Ferrari lifer since leaving university, is paying the price for failing to capitalise on the car’s early-season pace. A number of strategy bloopers undermined the team, as well as driver error.

Leclerc finished a distant second in the standings behind Max Verstappen, picking up just three wins all season.

This could have potentially been more, especially after he won two of the opening three races of the campaign.

However, some dubious calls from the Ferrari pit-wall appeared to cost Leclerc at times.

Binotto has lost the confidence of Ferrari's number one driver Charles Leclerc

Binotto has lost the confidence of Ferrari’s number one driver Charles Leclerc

Meanwhile, team-mate Carlos Sainz managed just one victory at the British Grand Prix, and ended up fifth across the whole season, behind Sergio Perez and Mercedes’ George Russell.

Ferrari have retained Leclerc and Sainz for next season, but a change behind the scenes now looks inevitable. 

Binotto’s anticipated departure is yet to be confirmed.

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Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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