Ferrari Denies ‘Rumours’ That Fred Vasseur Will Replace Mattia Binotto In 2023 – WTF1

Ferrari Denies ‘Rumours’ That Fred Vasseur Will Replace Mattia Binotto In 2023

Ferrari has issued a statement denying what it calls “rumours” and “speculation” in Italian media that team principal Mattia Binotto will be replaced by Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur in 2023.

A report in the respected Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday claimed definitively that Ferrari chairman John Elkann has already made a decision, and that 2022 will be Binotto’s last in charge of the Scuderia, having been Team Principal of Ferrari since 2019.

The report claims Vasseur has built strong relations with the senior management of Stellantis – the parent company of both Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.

Vasseur also knows Charles Leclerc well. Vasseur’s ART organisation ran Charles in karting and GP3, and Fred also worked with Charles when he was an F1 rookie at Sauber in 2018.

Binotto’s team has made several questionable strategic calls this season, and Leclerc has often had to be careful not to criticise the team too heavily in public after being the victim of Ferrari’s mistakes.

Ferrari insists Binotto is going nowhere for now, but it wouldn’t be the first time Ferrari has removed its team principal after a sequence of disappointing seasons.

Do you think it’s time for a change at the top of Ferrari?

2 thoughts on “Ferrari Denies ‘Rumours’ That Fred Vasseur Will Replace Mattia Binotto In 2023

  • Gordo Sixtytwo says:

    It is time to make changes.
    Binotto is a good engineer but he is a bad team principal. He resists making changes to the strategy department, has not improved the aerodynamic development performance, and has failed to understand and get a grasp of the Pirelli tires.
    He did well to improve the engine but he was the one responsible for the 2019 engine which led to the disastrous 2020 engine. Binotto was also the TD who produced the 2019 aero concept that not only had a weak front end, but it also had an unstable rear end. That’s two diametrically opposed character flaws at both ends of the car. When it became obvious the front wing and aero concept was wrong his
    team persisted in trying to make it work.
    When Covid hit Italy in January 2020 the flaws were frozen for 2020 & 2021.
    Had Binotto reacted sooner Ferrari could have addressed the flaws as Red Bull did with their car in 2019. Red Bull had fixed their weak front end by the Austrian GP 2019. It took them less than 5 months.

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