In a nutshell, technical director Mattia Binotto had been primed to take over as team principal from next season by Marchionne, the calm 49-year-old Italian is highly-respected and extremely popular within the Scuderia and beyond.
Binotto, on the other hand, is the brains behind Ferrari’s resurgence with his SF71H the team’s best effort of the current turbo era, providing Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with a car that for the first time was a match for Mercedes and even better at times.
If Binotto were to leave Ferrari (which, in truth, are doing everything to keep him) the blow would be immense and would undermine all the work done this year, with serious repercussions on the 2019 campaign,” warned Morosini.
Top Ten 2018 driver ratings by team principals:
Lewis Hamilton, 218
Max Verstappen, 139
Sebastian Vettel, 105
Fernando Alonso, 103
Daniel Ricciardo, 85
Charles Leclerc, 71
Kimi Raikkonen, 57
Valtteri Bottas, 38
Esteban Ocon, 27
Nico Hulkenberg, 23
With Bottas sitting in eighth the pressure is on for his seat next year. As the article said, at least he was rated higher than Ocon, who IMO isn't as good as his hype.
For all we know Sirotkin could've been the best guy on the grid last season and we wouldn't know.
It has some relevance come contract signing time and there you don't want to be on the bottom of this list cause these guys, the team principals, have sway.
I do agree that after fifth place you could say it gets muddied as you could swap names a bit. But at any rate you don't want to be at the bottom.
In case anyone is interested, and given it's the off season, the Motor Sport Magazine Podcast is pretty good. Even the older older ones. Lots of good insight from the likes of Patrick Head, Pat Symonds, John Barnard (talks about the beginnings of CF chassis and semi-automatic gearboxes), Jo Ramrizes, Brundle, Coulthard, and even David Hobbs which I just started listening to.
The recording quality isn't always good, but the content is superb.
Just watching GIFs and clips from the F1 awards gala, and am cracking up at how drunk Kimi is.
Red Bull Vibrator, It Gives You Wings And The Big O
The Honda drama is starting early and it's with an old problem, engine vibrations. It's amazing to me that they still can't put this problem to bed:
"Autobild has reported that a disagreement between Honda engineers and consultancy AVL – who have previously worked with Ferrari's F1 team – has seen development slow down.
Autobild report that the Honda power units are unable to run at full capacity due to strong vibrations in the Internal Combustion Engine.
Former Mercedes engine boss Mario Illien has been drafted in in an attempt to solve the problem, although one has seemingly yet to be found."
And Honda is closing the door on relationships, because, you know, they got this:
"But it appears things have soured with quarrels between an AVL project leader and Honda engineers triggering the decision to part ways. Similarly, this same project leader was responsible for Ferrari ending their association with the Austrian company not too long ago.
Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko confirmed the abovementioned scenario and added that Honda will also limit input from Mario Illien (of Mercedes F1 engine fame) who had been on board as a consultant to help Honda’s cause, but his contribution did not deliver on expectations.
Well, it did happen. Ferrari's Binoto and Arivabene were at war. Binoto has been given the credit of making Ferrari's car competitive and there were rumors he would leave and go to Mercedes if he didn't get what he wanted.
"McLaren boss Zak Brown believes his team is on a path back to the front of the grid but is refusing to set specific targets for 2019."
"When asked when he anticipated McLaren would be back at the front of the grid, he said: "I have just presented a five-year plan, and within that plan, we think we have a journey to get back to winning races, and then once you're winning races, you're competing for the championship."
So far....only posted on Yahoo. True? Or speculation?
Ferrari's Formula One Team Replaces Boss After a Disastrous 2018 Season
JalopnikJanuary 7, 2019
Ferrari’s 2018 Formula One Championship season was something of a disappointment. A strong start to the year brought with it the hopes that we might just see Sebastian Vettel contesting for his fifth title, breaking Lewis Hamilton’s dominant streak. But when things go wrong in Maranello and another championship slips from their fingers, someone has to pay. That someone, in this case, is team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Arrivabene was named principal after the 2014 season, a year that saw Ferrari’s desperate scramble to shake up the power structure result in multiple principal changes. That year started off with Stefano Domenicali at the helm. He was replaced by Marco Mattiacci in April in hopes that Ferrari could turn a poor season around. And when Mattiacci couldn’t produce results, in came Arrivabene.
Ferrari Replaces Their Formula One Team Principal <em>Again</em> This Year
Technical director Mattia Binotto is set to replace Arrivabene, reports Formula1.com. Apparently, there was already tension between Arrivabene and Binotto as Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes began to dissipate throughout the season. And with Sergio Marchionne’s death (and his replacement by John Elkann), the likelihood that fundamental changes would be taking place before 2019 was high.
Sebastian Vettel won the first two races of the 2018 season and was within striking distance of Hamilton until the summer break. When the series returned with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, Ferrari was still technically competitive, but morale was low, mistakes became more frequent, and development stagnated. It was a long shot that they were going to beat out the more secure Mercedes.
While Arrivabene’s replacement is still officially unconfirmed, it’s believed that the team will announce everything soon—possibly as early as this afternoon
So it must be much more than speculation...