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Monday, 7 January 2019

Ferrari's shock sacking on verge of F1 season


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Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has paid the price for the Italian team’s world championship drought, with the 61-year-old sacked as team principal just eleven weeks out from the start of the new season.

It was widely believed that Sebastian Vettel should have beaten Lewis Hamilton to the world title last year, but a combination of driver errors and management failures gifted the championship to the Mercedes driver.

Those management shortcomings have now cost Arrivabene his job, four years after taking over the team that had been winless through 2013 and 2014.

He’ll be replaced by the team’s technical boss Mattia Binotto.

“After four years of untiring commitment and dedication Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team,” Ferrari said in a statement.

Mattia Binotto and Maurizio Arrivabene.

“The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long-term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.

“Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years and wish him the best for his future endeavours.

“With immediate effect Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal.”

Binotto joined Ferrari in 1995, and has been chief technical officer since 2016, a period that has seen an upswing in the fortunes of the Italian team.

BBC F1 correspondent Andrew Benson reported that “Arrivabene was widely seen within F1 as a Ferrari figurehead only,” and that following the death of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne in July a power struggle had taken place between Arrivabene and Binotto.

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari will also have a new driver pairing in 2019, with former champion Sebastian Vettel to be paired with exciting youngster Charles Leclerc.

The dynamic between the two will be fascinating, given the last time Vettel was up against a rookie teammate was back in 2014, when Daniel Ricciardo joined Red Bull and got the upper hand over the then four-time reigning champion.

Ricciardo’s speed is believed to be a key reason Vettel left Red Bull for Ferrari at the end of 2014.

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has paid the price for the Italian team’s world championship drought, with the 61-year-old sacked as team principal just eleven weeks out from the start of the new season.

It was widely believed that Sebastian Vettel should have beaten Lewis Hamilton to the world title last year, but a combination of driver errors and management failures gifted the championship to the Mercedes driver.

Those management shortcomings have now cost Arrivabene his job, four years after taking over the team that had been winless through 2013 and 2014.

He’ll be replaced by the team’s technical boss Mattia Binotto.

“After four years of untiring commitment and dedication Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team,” Ferrari said in a statement.

Mattia Binotto and Maurizio Arrivabene.

“The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long-term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.

“Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years and wish him the best for his future endeavours.

“With immediate effect Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal.”

Binotto joined Ferrari in 1995, and has been chief technical officer since 2016, a period that has seen an upswing in the fortunes of the Italian team.

BBC F1 correspondent Andrew Benson reported that “Arrivabene was widely seen within F1 as a Ferrari figurehead only,” and that following the death of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne in July a power struggle had taken place between Arrivabene and Binotto.

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari will also have a new driver pairing in 2019, with former champion Sebastian Vettel to be paired with exciting youngster Charles Leclerc.

The dynamic between the two will be fascinating, given the last time Vettel was up against a rookie teammate was back in 2014, when Daniel Ricciardo joined Red Bull and got the upper hand over the then four-time reigning champion.

Ricciardo’s speed is believed to be a key reason Vettel left Red Bull for Ferrari at the end of 2014.

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