Maurizio Arrivabene has been ousted as Ferrari’s Team Principal being replaced by Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer.
It comes after the 61-year old Italian suffered another disappointing season in charge of the Maranello squad who were leading both the driver’s and constructors’ championships in July.
Ferrari announced the move in a statement online thanking Maurizio for “his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years.”
Arrivabene lead the Ferrari outfit from 2015 to 2018 claiming 14 wins and 1,919 constructors’ championship points while coming runners-up to Mercedes in three of the four seasons.
His successor Binotto has been with Scuderia Ferrari since 1995 starting out within the engine department of the team. Mattia contributed significantly during Ferrari’s successful period with Michael Schumacher in the early 2000s.
The Swiss-Italian engineer became head of the engine department in 2013 before taking up the Chief Technical role in place of James Allison halfway through the 2016 season.
Binotto takes the new role with immediate effect while still overseeing all technical operations at Ferrari.
It is unclear where Arrivabene will venture to next, however the only way is up for Ferrari as they chase down their 17th constructors’ title against the Silver Arrows in 2019. Ferrari set to launch their 2019 challenger on February 15.
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