Binotto receives support from former team boss Minardi

Published on 10 Jan 2019 16:18

Ex-Formula 1 boss Giancarlo Minardi believes that Ferrari was right to appoint Mattia Binotto as its team principal. The Scuderia outfit announced on Monday that Maurizio Arrivabene had been ousted, with former chief technical officer Binotto taking his place.

Ferrari failed to capitalise on their championship challenges over the last two years, with Mercedes coming out on top in 2017 and 2018. Minardi believes that Binotto's longtime involvement with Ferrari will benefit the team going forward.

“I fully agree with Ferrari’s decision since I have a lot of faith in Mattia Binotto as a technician and the results have confirmed it," he said. He comes from the Ross Brawn school that gave Ferrari incredible results together with [Jean] Todt and [Michael] Schumacher.”

Binotto's appointment follows Laurent Mekies' move to the sporting director role, replacing Massimo Rivola. However, Minardi is not confident that the senior position changes are finished and expects more announcements to follow.

“I do not believe the changes are over and the next two weeks will be crucial. It seems like a return to the past. The arrival of Laurent Mekies is a very positive signal and he could be an important partner in the role of sporting director.

"I know Laurent very well since he comes from the Minardi School before going to Toro Rosso and then to the FIA. He knows the Federation’s regulations and environment and this is a good sign for the future.”

Expanding on Binotto's expectations for the upcoming season, Minardi stated: "He will have a specific and not easy commitment of managing Sebastian Vettel who has to be recovered after a complicated season and who will have to find the strength to set aside 2018’s negativity.”

Replies (0)

        Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
Local time
Give your opinion!
Which rookie do you think will impress the most in 2019?

Driver profile
Name DE Sebastian Vettel
Active As Ferrari Driver in Formula 1
Date of birth Jul 3 1987 (31)
Weight 58 kg
Length 1.76m
City Kemmental
250,801 comments on Vettel
59 members have this driver as their favourite
Tweets about Sebastian Vettel
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Location AE Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Website Website
Team profile
Name IT Ferrari
Founding date Jan 1 1929
374,319 comments on Ferrari
203 members have this team as their favourite
Location Maranello
Tweets about Ferrari
Formula 1 Calendar
Previous Grand Prix: 25 November 2018
AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi