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5 Months After Ferrari Divorce, Mattia Binotto Gets an Unexpected Lease of Life As the Team Principal Roulette Tipped to Resume

Published 05/12/2023, 6:15 AM EDT

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Life in Formula 1 is fickle and fast-moving on and off the track. We see many instances of the same in regard to the driver shuffling which we like to call the silly season. However, in 2022, the brutal silly season also caught some team bosses and various team personnel in its line of fire. Mattia Binotto was the first and the most notable change for the 2023 season as the Ferrari boss left the Maranello outfit after 28 years. A necessary but perhaps painful divorce for both parties. However, five months after the separation, the Italian boss has been offered a new lease on life in F1.

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The man who started the team principal roulette might come back into the mix, adding more twist to this ongoing TP silly season. As reported by Soy Motor, the Italian boss has an offer on the table from an F1 team.

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The team in question is Alpine, which is not satisfied with the team’s current position in the season. The French team is not only able to compete for the position they finished in last season, but they have fallen way off track. This has provoked Alpine’s CEO Laurent Rossi to make some radical and impactful changes in the team’s hierarchy.


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On top of the hierarchy is Otmar Szafnauer. Rossi wants to replace Szafnauer with Binotto in this latest turn of events. However, Binotto rejected Alpine’s first attempt to get the Italian back to the circus and behind the pit wall.

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Does this mean the Italian has made up his mind about Alpine or returning to the sport once again? Soy Motor has more to say on the matter.

Ex-Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has rejected Alpine’s first advance but is still open to negotiations

Most would assume after leaving Ferrari and the sport, the ex-Ferrari boss might’ve started enjoying a peaceful life. This understanding might’ve gained some traction as well when because he rejected Alpine’s first offer. However, that is far from the case.


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The Italian boss might have rejected Alpine’s first offer, but that does not mean he is not open to negotiations. The Ferrari boss and Alpine are currently at a standstill, and we might see some more back and forth between the two parties in the near future.


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Becoming Alpine’s boss might be the Italian’s only opportunity to get back to the strenuous life of F1


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However, for now, it’s all speculation. If Alpine’s situation, which the upgrades in Imola are supposed to change, does not change, the negotiations might be fast-tracked and we might see Binotto back on around the paddock.



Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is a senior F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having written over 1000 articles, Mahim specializes in core sports coverage. Having followed the sport for a long time, his articles contain excellent analysis of the sport and he dives deeper into the technicalities of this complex sport.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai