Mattia Binotto replaces Arrivabene as Ferrari team principal

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Tensions within Ferrari, particularly their failure to translate a performance advantage into championships, has cost Maurizio Arrivabene his job as team principal.

From Autosport:

“After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team," read Ferrari's statement.

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.”

Ferrari stalwart Binotto has been technical chief since 2016, when he stepped up to the role following the team's split with James Allison.

Binotto first joined Ferrari in 1995, originally as a test engine engineer, and then performed a similar role for the race team from 1997 to 2003.

It’s fair to say that Ferrari’s gains in recent years have come from their technical team, which will (at least for now) continue to be led by Binotto.

If they’ve been lacking in any area it’s been clarity of operations, strategy and driver management. All areas for which a team principal are directly accountable.

A blood letting at the very top of the chain will go at least some of the way toward relieving rumoured tensions between the team management and the technical chiefs. Our first glimpse into how this affects performance on track will come at winter testing in just a few weeks.