Flavio Briatore says reports that Ferrari will sack Maurizio Arrivabene are not a surprise given the Italian constructor failed to break Mercedes' Formula One stranglehold in 2018.
"The decision was taken together with the company's top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio's long-term personal interests as well as those of the team itself".
By contrast, Binotto is an engineer with over 20 years of experience with Ferrari, having risen from the role of test engineer to the highest job within the racing team. "All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia".
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Lawrence Barretto [Senior Writer, F1.com] says......
Sebastian Vettel and Maurizio ArrivabeneWhat's the story? There has been talk of his exit for more than a year.
Recently, he has been linked with a senior role with Italian football powerhouse Juventus - where he has been an independent board member since 2012. That talk then intensified towards the end of last season, particularly as tensions grew between him and Technical Director Mattia Binotto. That tension threatened to become toxic.
Many believe Binotto has played a crucial role in the team's resurgence of the recent past. Given his success, in a reasonably sort amount of time, it's no wonder Ferrari have moved quickly to lock him down, at the expense of Arrivabene.
With Ferrari going into meltdown at key stages of last season, the change could be just what they needed. But the deed has been done. Particularly at the moment, when the team's championship win drought is now more than a decade long.