Mercedes and Red Bull delighted with Mattia Binotto drama

Fred Vassuer will officially join Ferrari in January when Mattia Binotto resigns from his role as team principal.

It looked as if 2022 would be the year that Ferrari win their first constructors’ championship since 2008 after the first few rounds of the season, as Charles Leclerc looked to be the man to beat while Red Bull and Mercedes struggled.

In the end, reliability issues and strategy mishaps saw Leclerc and Ferrari struggle to second place in their respective championships, seeing Red Bull secure both titles with plenty of time to spare.

F1 chief Stefano Domenicali has suggested that for a team like Ferrari, second place is not enough, and with that in mind Mattia Binotto has resigned from his role as team principal of the Scuderia.

With the pressure mounting on Binotto from disgruntled fans, it is believed that Binotto jumped before he was pushed, as the team were looking likely to replace the Swiss before the start of the 2023 season regardless of whether he resigned or not.

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Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle has now questioned Ferrari’s decision to get rid of Binotto suggesting that he deserved more time under the new regulations to make amends.

“I’m not quite sure why Ferrari would choose now to have a month or so without a boss,” said Brundle.

“I do think they should have given Binotto more time.”

The former F1 driver has claimed that Ferrari’s rivals will benefit in the short term from the team’s decision to change their management, with the continuity of Toto Wolff and Christian Horner’s roles at Mercedes and Red Bull being key to their success.

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“If I was Mercedes or Red Bull right now, I’d be smiling because continuity is everything,” he suggested.

“As Formula 1 seasons get longer and more intense, you have to be careful of these sea changes of personnel.

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“Mercedes have got real continuity, as have Red Bull in key personnel. Fred Vasseur has to go in and find his way, get established, understand, and it’s a tall order.

“It is such a fundamental change and it will destabilise them in the short term, it has to. Everybody will be slightly off balance thinking, where do they stand and what’s next. They’ll be in limbo.”

With Red Bull hindered by their cost cap penalty, Mercedes might see Ferrari’s change in management as the perfect opportunity to bounce back from their 2022 failures and bring the constructors’ championship back to Brackley.