Red Bull boss Horner is ‘not surprised’ to see Binotto leave Ferrari. Christian Horner, who has been at the helm of Red Bull Racing in Formula One since the 2005 season, is not surprised to see Ferrari change team managers once again as he gives his damning verdict on Ferrari’s policies.
Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says he was not surprised to see his Ferrari counterpart Mattia Binotto leave the Maranello team after four years in charge.
Last week Scuderia Ferrari said it had “accepted” the resignation of its team boss, Mattia Binotto, who will step down on December 31 this year after four seasons at the helm of sports management at Maranello.
Binotto did a great job
Asked if he was surprised by Ferrari’s decision to part ways with Binotto, Christian Horner told Sky Sports: “Not really.”
“Obviously it’s Ferrari’s choice, and I think it will be the sixth team boss I’ve been in front of since I was at Red Bull. It’s difficult for him [Binotto], because they had a great car this year and they were very competitive.”
Christian Horner, who has been at the helm of Red Bull Racing since the 2005 season, believes that stability within a Formula One team is crucial to achieving good results. A damning statement toward Ferrari’s policy of continuously sacking its team bosses.
“I don’t know the inner workings of Ferrari, but it seemed to me that Mattia did a good job. They were very competitive this year. From my point of view, stability and making a team work for the long term gives better results.”
Horner rules himself out of Binotto’s job
While Ferrari has not yet announced the name of Mattia Binotto’s replacement (it will do so at the beginning of the year), the name of Christian Horner has been mentioned by some of the Italian media as a possible successor to the Swiss-Italian in Maranello, but the main person concerned assures us that he has no intention of leaving Red Bull.
“My commitment is to the Red Bull team. I’ve been there since the beginning and we obviously have a very close attachment,” insisted the British man, thus putting a definitive end to the rumours.
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Binotto had brought the Ferrari cars up from where they were for over a decade, into a fighting outfit. The Mission WINNOW was almost achieved this year. Maybe in 2003, it would have become a reality and Binotto would have then been firmly ensconced in his place at Ferrari. Now WINNOW is doubtful.
Ferrari are their own worst enemies 🙁