The coming weeks will be very important for Scuderia Ferrari and Mattia Binotto, according to the Italian media, who informs that Binotto might be removed from his current position. The news is reported Corriere della Sera, always well informed about Ferrari’s events, as Mattia Binotto has the turn things around after the disaster in Austria, with the incident between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel: for the Maranello team the race was over after just 20 seconds, with a double retirement. “Without a reaction” – Corriere della Sera says – “John Elkann and Louis Camilleri could choose extreme solutions”. Camilleri may already be working for an alternative in case the situation does not improve, with the name of Antonello Coletta (Head of Ferrari Attività Sportive GT) as a possible replacement being put on the table.”
Next Sunday’s Hungarian GP may represent a point of no return for Ferrari: changes are expected on the single-seater configuration, but a miraculous cure is needed to resuscitate a SF1000 born very badly. It’s almost certain that most of the car’s problems are linked to the FIA inquiry on 2019 engines, concluded with the secret agreement that for Ferrari has heavy consequences: aerodynamics and chassis were designed on the power levels of the old power unit, but then at Maranello they had to change because of the new directives and they found themselves with many, too many horsepower missing.
Born on 27 February 1967 in Rome, Antonello Coletta studied Economics and Business at Rome’s Sapienza University. He made his motor sport debut in 1991 as Sporting Director of the Forti Corse team, at the time racing in Formula 3 and Formula 3000. Again as Sporting Director, Coletta moved to Peugeot Italy in 1993 and to Alfa Romeo in 1995.
He came to Ferrari in 1997 as coordinator of the Ferrari Challenge, a post he held until 2003, when he became head of the Ferrari Corse Clienti department. From 17 February 2014, Coletta takes on the new role of head of the Sporting Activity Department, which brings together the Formula 1 operation and those of the Corse Cliente – Ferrari Challenge, GT races, F1 Clienti and the XX Programmes.
When he is not in Maranello, Antonello lives in Rome with his wife Maria Luisa and daughters Susanna and Camilla. In his spare time he likes reading and following other sports, especially football and motorcycling.