Ferrari is tipped to announce the departure of team principal Mattia Binotto following reports in Italy that he will resign from his role.
Question over Binotto’s future were raised on the eve of the season finale in Abu Dhabi when stories emerged Ferrari was looking to replace him with Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur.
Ferrari issued a statement stating that the speculation had “no foundation”, while Binotto downplayed talk he was set to be axed.
But a report from Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera suggested Binotto was set to confirm his resignation after four seasons as Ferrari’s team boss.
It went on to claim that Binotto felt he should move aside as he doesn’t believe he has full support from Ferrari president John Elkann, with negotiations on the terms of his exit already underway.
A formal announcement could be made as early as Friday, according to Corriere della Sera, but there is no official word from Ferrari on the matter.
Ferrari president Elkann previously dismissed rumours that Binotto’s position was under threat at the Italian Grand Prix, despite seeing the team’s title hopes fading amid a failure to challenge Red Bull on a consistent basis.
When speaking in Abu Dhabi last weekend, Binotto revealed he had sat down with Elkann and been assured his job was safe.
Having worked his way up through the technical ranks at Ferrari from joining the Scuderia in 1995, Binotto was appointed as Maurizio Arrivabene’s successor in 2019.
Ferrari secured second place in the constructors’ championship with a strong double points finish in Abu Dhabi, while Charles Leclerc managed to outscore Sergio Perez to seal the runner-up spot in the drivers’ standings.