Arrivabene replaced as Ferrari team principal by Binotto

Formula One Testing

Formula One Testing

Former technical chief Mattia Binotto has been appointed Arrivabene's replacement after a series of reported disagreements between the pair.

One of the keys to success in F1 is stability and Ferrari has now had four team principals in less than five years, which is perhaps something that the team owners need to think about in the future.

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

By contrast, Binotto is an engineer with over 20 years of experience with Ferrari, having risen from the role of test engineer to the highest job within the racing team.

This article will be updated.

Ferrari have failed to win the Formula One constructors' title for 11 years, missing out again in 2018 as Mercedes continued their dominance of the sport.

In the 81 races he oversaw as team principal Ferrari took 14 victories and 71 podiums and saw a major upturn in performance, enabling them to rival frontrunners Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport.

This was despite Ferrari having the quicker auto for long stretches during the season, however team mistakes, as well as driving errors from Vettel, saw their hopes crumble as Lewis Hamilton sealed the titles with two races remaining.

Before the Christmas break, Arrivabene hit out at what he called "fake news" over reports that Binotto was so frustrated with the situation that he could leave Ferrari. Ferrari insiders also suggest that Binotto had been lined up to replace Arrivabene by former president Sergio Marchionne, who died in 2018, and that this had caused friction between the pair.

Ferrari's drivers for the 2019 season are four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, runner-up to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton a year ago, and Monaco's Charles Leclerc, who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen. He was even linked with a move to Italian football club Juventus.

His promotion to the head of the team's technical programme in July 2016 was still considered a surprise at the time, although Ferrari's on-track fortunes have improved in the last two seasons with runner-up positions to Mercedes. That tension threatened to become toxic.

Arrivabene has led Ferrari throughout their most successful period for a decade, but his leadership style was questioned.

Many believe Binotto has played a crucial role in the team's resurgence of the recent past. Ferrari might not need to wait much longer to secure its long-awaited championship win.

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