While the replacement of Mattia Binotto is regularly discussed, the question of the identity of his potential replacement arises. For Luca di Montezemolo, the former president of Ferrari, John Elkann should do like him in the 90s and look for a director outside the F1 paddock.
« Do we need to change the team manager? Who am I to say? » commented Di Montezemolo. « Ferrari is like the Italian flag, a national monument. Before bringing Jean Todt to Maranello in 1993, I thought long and hard about this choice. »
« There was a huge circus in the media. If I was looking for a new boss, I would look outside Formula 1. However, if we only look at what Red Bull Racing or Mercedes-Benz are doing, the problem will not be solved. . »
« We have to reinvent ourselves, create a new dynamic. Ferrari has built an extremely competitive car. A single person does not win world championship titles. Formula 1 is a team sport. »
However, Di Montezemolo salutes Binotto’s strong point: « Mattia Binotto is smart enough to always protect his team. He takes the balls for his own. You have to understand mistakes and then clean them up. »
However, the Italian thinks that the managerial role requires a lot of skills, and that Binotto might not have them all: « Binotto is an excellent technical director, but leading the racing department at Ferrari is different. Formula 1 is something very special. »
« Being a good manager or a good marketer does not guarantee success in the premier category. You need passion and dedication. You need to be there day and night. You need to be very political in your approach to support your team. You have to be strong and keep your team together. »