Whilst Red Bull have run rampant during the 2022 Formula One season, Ferrari have flattered to deceive. The Italian team started quickly out of the blocks with Charles LeClerc winning two of the first 3 races of the season and accumulated a lead of 44 points over Max Verstappen. Yet mechanical failures were soon to catch up with Ferrari together with driver errors and tactical naivety.
Sainz failed to finish in Australia due to mechanical issues and next time out crashed into Daniel Ricciardo which ended his race.
Ferrari spectacular fail with fast F1 car
LeClerc spun at Imola losing 4 places at the chequered flag then in Barcelona while leading the race the monegasque driver suffered a power unit failure costing him 25 points.
Both Ferrari’s suffered mechanical DNF’s in Azerbaijan as the frailties of the speedy Ferrari power unit was exposed once more.
A number of catastrophic tyre strategy calls by the team during the season has heaped extra pressure on team boss Mattia Binotto such that the Italian boss has been repeatedly forced to deny his imminent departure from the team.
Ferrari also issued a statement in Abu Dhabi denying the reports, describing the rumours as being “totally without foundations” while Binotto told the media in Abu Dhabi that he is “relaxed” about his future.
Italian newspaper close to Ferrari says sacking “hours away”
Yet the Corriere della Sera with close links to the Ferrari family reports today that the exit of Binotto from Maranello is just “hours away.”
The report claims tensions have been growing between Binotto and Ferrari chairman John Elkann with the latter expressing “a lack of confidence” in Binotto.
Allegedly the parties are finalising the terms of Binotto’s departure and an announcement is imminent.
The report adds: “Binotto, who has a contract which expires t the end of 2023 , had told some close friends during the last GP in Abu Dhabi that he was too tired to carry on his work in critical conditions within the company.”
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It added: “It is impossible to communicate with the team principal who would have decided to leave the scene in the face of a persistent lack of trust on the part of the president John Elkann, with whom relations have been cool for a some time.”
Rumours have persisted in the paddock in recent weeks that the boss of Sauber – Alfa Romeo, Frederic Vasseur has been lined up to replace Binotto and the Corriere confirms this is still the case.
Interestingly Ferrari are alleged to have spoken with McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidl though the German turned down what many consider the top job in Formula One.