Maurizio Arrivabene is reported to have been replaced as Ferrari’s team boss with immediate effect from the 2019 season, with technical director Mattia Binotto set to succeed his position.
Although no official confirmation of the announcement has been made, Italian media revealed on Monday that Arrivabene – after four years at the helm – will be relieved of his duties in favour of Binotto.
A sudden transition in Ferrari’s leadership is believed to have been executed by the team’s chairman John Elkann following its failure to seal a first world championship for 11 years in 2018.
It is understood Arrivabene and Binotto were at odds over the direction the team was heading as Ferrari’s title challenge evaporated after the summer break, despite showing promising form last season.
Ferrari made significant gains on the power unit that saw it more than often the fastest car on the grid last year. However, it took a wrong turn in development that had a visible affect on its performance, paving way for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton to storm to both championships.
Binotto has been a Ferrari employee for 24 years, joining the Italian outfit in 1995 as a test engine engineer before progressing on to the race team in 2004.
Further promotions to chief engineer and head of engine operations followed, and in 2016 he was appointed technical director in place of James Allison.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport state official confirmation from Ferrari could be expected as early as Monday.