Ferrari recently announced that team principal Mattia Binotto has resigned since taking over in 2019 after finishing second to Red Bull and failing to win any of the final 11 races in the 2022 Formula One season that recently ended. The question being asked here is, will team Ferrari reshape their team now that Binotto is out of the picture? Find out more right here.
Who Is Mattia Binotto?
53-year-old Mattia Binotto was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in November 1953, but he has Italian nationality. The engineer was appointed to the role of team principal of Scuderia Ferrari in 2019 after replacing Maurizio Arrivabene. He remained in that position until December 2022. His career at Ferrari has lasted almost 30 years, having first joined the engine department at Scuderia Ferrari back in 1995.
He was an important cog in the wheel during Ferrari’s successful period in the early 2000s, and he eventually went on to replace CTO (Chief Technical Officer) James Allison in 2016 after three years as the head of the engine department. After an unsuccessful 2022 F1 campaign, Binotto announced his resignation, and he is scheduled to no longer be a part of team Ferrari as of December 31st. According to reports, second place is just not good enough for Ferrari, or for Binotto.
So How Did The 2022 F1 Season Finish?
The 2022 F1 season finished with Red Bull Racing in first position and Ferrari in second place in the official driver standings. Many of the trusted ‘bookmaker’ sites had Ferrari as the favourite to win, but instead, it ended up being team Red Bull. If you’re looking for a free bet for any upcoming sports, including the 2023 F1 season, don’t forget to check out the current Bet365 joining offer. Now, let’s take a closer look at the exact standings right here:
- 1st position – Driver: Max Verstappen. Nationality: Netherlands. Car/Team: Red Bull Racing. Points: 454
- 2nd position – Driver: Charles Leclerc. Nationality: Monaco. Car/Team: Ferrari. Points: 308
- 3rd position – Driver: Sergio Perez. Nationality: Mexico. Car/Team: Red Bull Racing. Points: 305
- 4th position – Driver: George Russel. Nationality: Great Britain. Car/Team: Mercedes. Points: 275
- 5th position – Driver: Carlos Sainz. Nationality: Spain. Car/Team: Ferrari. Points: 246
Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) for Mercedes finished in 6th place with 240 points. You then had Lando Norris (Great Britain) for Maclaren Mercedes, who finished in 7th place with 122 points. France’s Esteban Ocon (Alpine Renault) finished the season with 92 points. Also on the same team as Esteban Ocon was Fernando Alonso (Spain), who finished in 9th place with 81 points, and Finland’s Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo Ferrari) finished in 10th place with 49 points. You can see the full list on the official Formula One website.
What Did Binotto Achieve During His Time At Ferrari?
During his time at Ferrari, Binotto helped the team to win a total of four Grand Prix’s. Ferrari made it to the podium on 20 separate occasions and took a total of 12 pole positions. They had initially gotten off to a good start at the beginning of the 2022 F1 season, but they battled with several misjudged strategic blunders and unreliability. He helped overhaul Ferrari’s windtunnel, which has been slowing the team’s progress, plus he also helped to bring in Ferrari’s cutting-edge simulator, which is regarded by many as the best in F1 racing today, among other things.
Who Is Likely To Replace Binotto?
It’s unclear yet as to exactly who Ferrari will bring in to replace Binotto, but already, several names are swirling around the internet. Some sources have said that Ferrari have been considering who Binotto’s replacement might be since as far back as 2021. One of the most likely candidates that has already been proposed is Fred Vasseur (current boss at Alfa Romeo).
Which Team/Driver Is Likely To Come Out On Top In 2023?
To get a better understanding right now of exactly which driver will come out on top in the Formula 1 Drivers Championship 2023, the best thing to do would be to look to the licensed sports betting platforms to see for yourself what odds are currently available for each driver. For example, at bet365, you will see that Max Verstappen is already the odds-on favourite to win outright. He is currently priced at 8/11 in UK fractional odds, which is 1.73 in European decimal odds and -138 in American/Moneyline odds.
You will also see that Lewis Hamilton is currently the second odds-on favourite to win outright at 3/1 (which is 4.00, or 300) and that Charles Leclerc is currently priced at 5/1 (6.00, or 500). You then have George Russel at 8/1 (9.00, or 800) and Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez, who are both equally priced at 25/1 (26.00, or 2,500). No matter how inviting the odds appear, no bet is guaranteed and that these odds are likely to change a great deal between now and the end of the upcoming 2023 F1 season.