Why the ‘Ferrari Sacking Mattia Binotto’ F1 Rumor Is Absurd

Published 03/08/2021, 3:47 AM EST
BARCELONA, SPAIN: Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto reacts during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Scuderia Ferrari are not a team that is used to losing badly, and so, the 2020 season, in that regard, was absolutely horrific. Agitated fans understandably called for some kind of changes to be made across the team.

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Recently though, a rumor regarding team principal Mattia Binotto’s sacking has been doing the rounds on the internet. Czech GT driver Josef Kral had reportedly said that Ferrari would let go of the 47-year-old.

Of course, the driver did post a follow-up tweet citing that that was merely his opinion and without any concrete information as such.

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But we now take a look at why the rumor never really made any sense in the first place.

Binotto certainly has the full support of Ferrari president John Elkann

For starters, Binotto’s association with the Italian motorsport giants goes back several years from today. Over time, he has made his way up the management ranks, before taking up the reigns of the team.

Mr. Elkann, the Ferrari president, had stated that he has ‘total trust’ in Binotto to lead a resurgence cycle from 2022. In addition, the team’s CEO Louis Camilleri had also expressed his intention to end the ‘revolving-door’ culture with key personnel.

On the sporting side of things, Binotto has been dedicating some hours away from races to lead the project back at Maranello. Surely then, the team have invested faith in him to deliver the results, in what would be an influential decade of F1 racing.

His absence from the races leading to a reduced on-ground role might have given indications of his sacking. But even if so, more reports from the Italian media should have spread the news with authority by now, which is not the case.

Ferrari’s struggles have been persistent and do not owe to recent developments

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Ferrari have made every move keeping in mind that utilization of all resources is the key back to the top of the standings. From that regard, trusting the process as compared to shuffle hiring and firing would prove beneficial.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 04: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 04, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Bringing in Carlos Sainz from McLaren also indicates that they want a solid pairing for the foreseeable future alongside potential superstar Charles Leclerc. Together, their aim remains simple, and that is to elevate Ferrari back to its dominant status, currently occupied by Mercedes.

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Ferrari have craved stability across all departments, and they now finally seem headed on the right way. And so if there is one person who will be integral in this new-deal Ferrari recuperation, it would well be Mr. Mattia Binotto.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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