Ferrari confirm Binotto has replaced Arrivabene as team principal

Ferrari to replace F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with Binotto

Ferrari to replace F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with Binotto

Scuderia Ferrari announced Monday that team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will depart the team, relinquishing his duties to chief technical officer Mattia Binotto effective immediately.

Binotto has served as Ferrari's technical director since 2016 but rumours of tension between himself and Arrivabene were rife a year ago as the team's title challenge faded for the second consecutive season.

The team's drivers for the 2019 season are Germany's four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, runner-up to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton past year, and new arrival Charles Leclerc who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen.

While much was made of Sebastian Vettel's errors past year, Arrivabene was also culpable for Ferrari's failure to win either title after a series of operational mistakes from the pit-wall which he ultimately oversaw as team boss.

"The decision was taken together with the company's top Scuderia Ferrari's Team Principal".

Sebastian Vettel will be looking for his fifth world title in 2019.

Ferrari has continually denied that it was considering a major management reshuffle after its failed attempt to win the world championship in 2018.

Binotto joined Ferrari in 1995 as an engine test engineer and moved to the Formula 1 team in 1997.

Ferrari president John Elkann has decided that Binotto, 49, is the right man to lead the Italian stable in 2019, Gazzetta reported. There has been talk of his exit for more than a year. While some key figures have left - notably technical chief Paddy Lowe to Williams - they have been quietly and efficiently replaced and the powerhouse operation has continued.

Recently, he has been linked with a senior role with Italian football powerhouse Juventus - where he has been an independent board member since 2012.

In that case, Lowe was replaced by Binotto's predecessor as technical director, James Allison, who appears to have fit seamlessly into the system below Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. While both the SF70H and SF71H have had their shortcomings, Ferrari's title bids over the last two seasons have also been hampered by pit wall and driver failures. And while strong technically and great with the staff, it's unclear whether Binotto has the commercial experience required to deliver in this role. In its now decade-long title drought, the Scuderia has become desperate to return to winning form and has burned through team principals faster than any other team on the grid in the V-6 era.

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