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Mattia Binotto replaces sacked Maurizio Arrivabene as Ferrari's team principal

Mattia Binotto replaces sacked Maurizio Arrivabene as Ferrari's team principal

Ferrari has confirmed that Mattia Binotto has replaced Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal.

A statement read: "After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team".

'The decision was taken together with the company's top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio's long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.

"Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team's increasing competiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours".

The Italian will be succeeded by Mattia Binotto, the chief technical officer, with immediate effect after a poor 2018 season in which the team missed out on both championships.

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Vettel will be hoping Binotto's appointment can help him overcome Hamilton and Mercedes to win a fifth world title in 2019.

BBC F1 correspondent Andrew Benson reported that "Arrivabene was widely seen within F1 as a Ferrari figurehead only", and that following the death of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne in July a power struggle had taken place between Arrivabene and Binotto.

Born in Switzerland, a graduate of Lausanne's Polytechnic university, Binotto first joined Ferrari in 1995 as an engine engineer, working his way up to the race team in 1997.

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Was Ferrari right to ditch Arrivabene? One of Binotto's most obvious tasks this year will be to ensure this situation never escalates into anything damaging to the team.

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

Arrivabene's departure comes ahead of a season when they have already made a significant change to their driver line-up.

Arrivabene's tenure has looked uncertain for some time, with reports as far back as October, 2017 suggesting Binotto could replace the former Philip Morris marketing executive.

That led to several teams being interested in enticing him away from Maranello. It remains unclear who will fill the void left by Binotto's promotion from technical director. But the deed has been done. 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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