8 Jan 2019

Binotto replaces Arrivabene as Ferrari F1 boss

6:36 am on 8 January 2019

Ferrari have replaced Formula One team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with technical head Mattia Binotto after failing to win any titles last year.

Formula One, Scuderia Ferrari; Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari, Formula One. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Ferrari won six of the 21 races last season but their title challenge evaporated in the second half of the year and Mercedes won both the drivers' and constructors' crowns for the fifth year in a row.

Arrivabene's tenure had looked uncertain for some time, with reports as far back as October, 2017 suggesting Binotto could replace the former Philip Morris marketing executive.

Strategic blunders by the team last year only increased the pressure.

The death in July last year of chairman Sergio Marchionne triggered a change at the top, with Louis Camilleri taking over as chief executive and John Elkann, a scion of Italy's Agnelli family, as chairman.

Elkann has decided Binotto was the right man to lead the team forward.

The Ferrari veteran, who has risen through the ranks to technical director and overseen a big step up in engine performance, has also reportedly been a target for rival constructors.

Ferrari's drivers for the 2019 season are four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, runner-up to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton last year, and Monaco's Charles Leclerc who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen.

Finland's Raikkonen, world champion in 2007, remains the most recent title winner for the sport's oldest, most successful and glamorous team.