Binotto set to replace Arrivabene at Ferrari

  • 07 Jan 2019 16:44
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Maurizio Arrivabene is set to leave his position as the team boss at Ferrari to be replaced by Mattia Binotto. Binotto previously worked as the Scuderia's chief technical director and reported to Arrivabene.

Arrivabene was appointed Ferrari's team principal towards the end of the 2014 season following a disastrous campaign. He replaced Marco Mattiacci who had only been appointed earlier that year. The Italian has led Ferrari back into title contention, as it has contended for the championship over the last two seasons.

However, it slipped away in the second half of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, with a series of on-track and development errors contributing to the downfall. The 2018 campaign was arguably its strongest yet, however reports soon emerged that there were disputes behind the scenes. Arrivabene threw a cold shoulder to the media throughout his reign and used intimidation well to influence his team.  

Binotto was appointed as the team's technical director midway through the 2016 season following the departure of James Allison. Before that, he worked as part of the team's KERS development and the chief operating officer on the engine development side.

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  • All in all he did a solid job with Ferrari, arguably the hardest team to manage despite (or maybe because it is) being wellfunded. Though I think the scare tactics is what needs to go for Ferrari to be able to perform at a greater level. A workplace modeled after the Galactic Empire, with the threat of being force choked (or in Ferrari's case: death by pasta) should things go awry, wont work very well in the long run, and rarely generate worker loyalty, and dont tend to benefit efficiency.

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    • Jan 7 2019 - 17:49
    • damn, I really don't understand these people. Arrivabene has been the best Ferrari boss since Jean Todt. Also much more likable.

      I actually don't agree with the statement in the article "Arrivabene threw a cold shoulder to the media throughout his reign and used intimidation well to influence his team."

      Arrivabene seemed a lot less brash and much more approachable than previous Ferrari bosses. I don't think anyone needed to be fired at Ferrari, but if someone's head had to roll, it should have been Sebastian's. He's the main reason why Ferrari didn't properly contended last year, and this year properly threw away the championship.

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      • Jan 7 2019 - 23:37
    • He did for us here, for sure. However, I've heard a few things that actually correlate well with the article in regards to him having a terror reign there similar to previous Ferrari bosses. A more skilled leader, and also a leader that was better with managing media in general, but with similar scare tactics.

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      • Jan 8 2019 - 05:42
  • blade

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    This is not a surprise, heads tend to roll in Ferrari when things don't work out. Im not sure what kind of leadership Binotto has played, I expect there have been camps in the camps and he was leading one of them, big step up to front man - what about Leclerc, wasn't he chosen by Arrivabene?

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    • Jan 7 2019 - 17:54
    • Kean

      Posts: 474

      I'm not sure Leclerc was Arrivabene's choice, he might want to have sticked with Räikkönen another year. Remember reading that Leclerc was favored by Marchionne, and Leclerc's signing was basically honoring his wishes.

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      • Jan 8 2019 - 07:12
  • xoya

    Posts: 311

    How long before Vettel's head rolls? Will it ever?
    I predict he has one more season of underperforming when the car is good enough.

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    • Jan 7 2019 - 23:51
  • I will miss this guy. I really liked his harsh style. But I saw passion out there. A man who was with Ferrari since 90's - I ve got interview with Senna in Monza 1993 and Maurizio as Marlboro man, stands behin Ayrton :)

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    • Jan 8 2019 - 12:27

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