Mattia Binotto’s successor as Ferrari F1 team boss may already have been found according to the Italian press.
The Formula One media establishment agrees that the Maranello team is in deep crisis after only two races of the 2020 season.
“There was a long briefing in Maranello this week to find out what is being done with the car for Hungary,” reported Corriere della Sera.
More new aerodynamic parts are expected to be added to the car this weekend, but Binotto bosses John Elkann and Louis Camilleri are reportedly prepared to take “drastic measures” if Ferrari doesn’t make rapid progress.
“The men even have a plan for a successor: Antonello Coletta,” the paper says.
Coletta currently heads Ferrari’s sports activities department, including the “F1 Clienti” program and GT racing.
A radical change like this has the support of many Italian media, with La Gazzetta dello Sport insisting: “When the ingredients are good, chefs can’t cook. ”
According to a journalist from German television RTL, Binotto could at least keep his job for the rest of the season. Journalist Felix Gorner said he thought the 50-year-old Italian would remain a boss “at least until winter”.
Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore doubts that even Lewis Hamilton’s signing up would help Ferrari.
“Ferrari hasn’t won in years,” is quoted by Tuttosport. “They have an aerodynamic problem and now it seems to be with the engine as well.
” Nothing would change with Hamilton at the wheel, because a driver makes a difference of one to two tenths, not seconds.
“If I were Binotto, I would give up this year and next year and think about the 2022 machine for the new regulations. And I wouldn’t hesitate for a second,” said Briatore.