Reports and rumors around Ferrari sacking team principal Mattia Binotto from his position circulated but were quickly disproved by the Scuderia.
On Tuesday, a report published by a reputed Italian newspaper indicated that the team principal Mattia Binotto was on the verge of losing his seat. The newspaper confirmed that Binotto would face removal by the end of this year.
The report also revealed the name of the replacement of the Italian. Frederic Vasseur was stated as the successor of the role joining the Scuderia in January.
Ferrari’s strategic blunders have been a talking point in the paddock this season. Binotto has received vivid criticism for his role in the blunders and errors as the team principal. Many have already demanded for the 54-year-old be replaced.
The report stated that Frederic Vasseur was considered as the replacement for the first time back in May because of his vast experience in racing. He is a considerably better choice given his experience and skill set in the management of teams – something he has done from junior racing levels all the way up to Formula 1.
The Frenchman is managing the Switzerland-based Alfa Romeo team.
Ferrari denies the report
The report spread like a wildfire with everyone awaiting an official response from the Scuderia. The team was also rather quick in giving the response. Ferrari officially released a statement regarding the matter claiming the reports to be “without foundation”.
“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.“
This disposes of any reports or rumors around the sacking of Mattia Binotto.
Ferrari has started struggling even more as we near the end of the 2022 season. The team is now in a close fight for P2 in both drivers’ and constructors’ standings.
Charles Leclerc is going level points (290) with Sergio Perez in the Season Finale in Abu Dhabi. The team is also just 19 points ahead of rival Mercedes in the constructors’ standings.
Adding to worries is the fact that Mercedes has developed its car and is arguably the second fastest car now on the grid. This only adds to the problems of Ferrari in its fight for P2.
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