Ex-Mercedes team principal to replace Mattia Binotto at Ferrari

Ross Brawn was a key figure behind Michael Schumacher's dominance at Ferrari, where he was the technical director.

With Italian media continuing to report that Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto will imminently be announced as having departed the Scuderia, speculation is quickly building as to who might replace the Italian.

Two names had topped the reported shortlist; however, a third incredible contender has been rumoured in the last few hours.

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur is the outright favourite for the gig, given that he not only has a strong relationship with Ferrari already, but he also has a very good connection with Charles Leclerc.

Vasseur, of course, gave the Monegasque driver his debut for Alfa Romeo in 2018, with the pair likely eager to work with one another again.

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Should the Frenchman become the team’s new boss, then this could come as a huge issue for Carlos Sainz, with Vasseur likely to implement a number one and number two driver, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

It would come as no shock that Leclerc would be given priority over Sainz, something the Spaniard would be unlikely to agree with given their equal status under Binotto.

Another contender is McLaren boss Andreas Seidl; however, he is reportedly very happy with his current role with the Woking-based team.

Then comes the shock contender, former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn.

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Brawn only recently announced that he’d be stepping back from F1, having been the sport’s managing director recently.

Brawn is without a doubt one of Ferrari’s most decorated former personnel, with the 68-year-old having played a pivotal role in Michael Schumacher’s domination.

From 1997 to 2006, Brawn was an instrumental figure in the Italians claiming five Drivers’ Championships and six Constructors’ Championships, making it a fascinating rumour.

The three candidates have been rumoured by Italian newspaper La Stampa; however, Vasseur is certainly the favourite.

Given his incredible success and history with Ferrari, Brawn returning to the team would without a doubt be a fairy-tale and one that could prove very successful.

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With Brawn having a track record of producing winning sides, Ferrari president John Elkann may be intrigued by the prospect of Brawn taking over the reins from Binotto.

Brawn will perhaps be capable of getting the best out of Leclerc and the team, having done so for so many years with Schumacher.

Vasseur, on the other hand, will be an interesting one, given that he has worked with Leclerc and is often spotted with the 24-year-old in the paddock.