Christian Horner rejected Ferrari as they hunt for Mattia Binotto replacement

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has turned down Ferrari as they seek to find a replacement for Mattia Binotto.

Ferrari are once again searching for a new team principal, a process that appears to be a regular occurrence for the Maranello-based side every few years or so.

Ferrari president John Elkann has begun the process of finding a replacement for current boss Mattia Binotto, whose resignation was accepted by the Italians.

It has been reported in Italy for a couple of weeks that Binotto was set to leave Ferrari, with the Italian having not felt any trust supposedly despite having managed to get the team second in the Constructors’ Championship and Charles Leclerc second in the Drivers’ Championship.

Binotto’s departure was officially announced Tuesday morning, with the Italian’s time with the Scuderia set to conclude on 31st December.

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His departure is actually a rather sad one, with Binotto having worked at Ferrari for a staggering 28 years, after joining the side in 1995 as an intern.

During his time with Ferrari, Binotto was hailed as an incredible technical director, a role he held before being promoted to team principal.

Binotto took the reins from Maurizio Arrivabene, who is set to leave his role as Juventus Football Club’s CEO.

Some have questioned if Arrivabene’s imminent departure from Juventus is a sign that he is going to return to Ferrari; however, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

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Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur is the favourite to claim the role, with a deal reportedly already in place, with a signature pending.

Should Vasseur make the switch, then this would come as very good news for Charles Leclerc, who will likely be treated as a number one driver.

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl was also linked to the role but is believed to be very happy where he currently is.

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According to RacingNews365, Ferrari even spoke to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner regarding the role, highlighting perhaps the Scuderia’s desperation to make the correct choice.

Horner moving to Ferrari is about as likely to happen as Lewis Hamilton moving to Red Bull, paving the way for Vasseur.

There was also a shock rumour that Ferrari were considering an approach for former technical officer Ross Brawn; however, this has been confirmed as fake news with the 68-year-old having announced his retirement on Monday, via the official F1 website.