A massive earthquake from Maranello shook the entire F1 dimension this morning. Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene’s contract will not be extended and he will be replaced by technical director Mattia Binotto, as their long-time power struggle draws to a close.
Italian media Gazzetta dello Sport announced the change earlier today, stating that the conflicts between the two turned out to be unbearable and unsustainable. The struggle even required Piero Ferrari's mediation, but with scarce results. The atmosphere in Maranello had become tense, which made it likely for the whole 2019 project to be affected by the uncertainty clouding the management side of the team. Therefore, Elkann had to make a tough call, strictly driven by necessity. And the final choice fell onto Binotto.
Following Marchionne’s passing, the arrival of Camilleri seemed to secure Arrivabene’s position within the outfit, given that they shared common roots at Philip Morris. In fact, the role of Binotto was vacillating, primarily owing to the offers he had received from other F1 team, and subsequently rejected. Those dynamics gave the media the opportunity to picture the Italian engineer in a sort of titanic fight, where he was unable to counter Arrivabene’s might. Hence, the epilogue of the story appears even more striking, considering that the initial structure has been reversed and overthrown.
Now that the main issue is sorted, Ferrari might be pondering to fix the high places of the company as well. Gazzetta also reports that the next pawn on the brink might be Camilleri, as former Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa has been seen in Maranello. After months of wavering and hesitation, Ferrari is merging towards a clamorous Philip Morris defeat, promoting the man that Marchionne himself had chosen to restore Ferrari’s destiny.