Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One group, spoke about his time with Ferrari while discussing Mattia Binotto’s departure from the team. The Italian was the team principal of Ferrari from 2008 to 2014.
Domenicali believes that finishing second with a team like the Scuderia is not good enough, given the potential they possess. He told Sky Sports F1:
“Of course when you are second in Ferrari, it is something that is not enough.”
The 57-year-old also sympathized with Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s departing team principal. He stated that Binotto needs to stay focused and wished him well for the future.
“I was in the same position many years ago, and I want [Binotto] to stay focused and believe in himself. I don’t want to get into the dynamic of the team, but for sure, I want to wish him the best for the future.”
Mattia Binotto announced his retirement from Ferrari in November, where he had been for the past 28 years in different roles. He has served as the team principal since 2019, but there were always doubts raised about his ability to lead the team, which intensified after the 2022 season.
It will be interesting to see whether he resurfaces back in F1 somewhere.