Mattia Binotto is officially on the market.
A visit to the F1 paddock in Silverstone and then, of course, one to Monza: the former team principal and managing director of the Scuderia Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, in 2023 has breathed in the atmosphere of race weekends on several occasions during his year of gardening leave.
After stepping down from the role of Scuderia Ferrari leader in mid-December of last year, Mattia Binotto had to observe the classic period of ‘suspension’ reserved for those working in the world of F1 when leaving one team for another. The higher a figure is in the hierarchy of a Formula 1 team’s organizational chart, the longer the period of suspension that the individual must adhere to, ranging from three months up to 18 or even 24.
According to today’s edition of Il Corriere dello Sport, the timeframe during which Binotto could not enter into agreements with other teams following his farewell to Ferrari has expired on November 30. A gardening leave that essentially mirrored the contract that bound Mattia Binotto to the Prancing Horse, which would have expired in 2023.
Over the past few months, Mattia Binotto’s name has been associated with Audi, Alpine, and McLaren, but none of these scenarios has taken on more concrete shapes after the initial rumors circulated. The managerial revolution at Alpine after the Spa-Francorchamps weekend, in which Otmar Szafnauer, Pat Fry, and Alan Permane were dismissed, of whom only Pat Fry has already joined Williams. In Alpine, ‘space’ has been freed up in terms of key figures at the pit wall, but Bruno Famin, appointed interim team principal, seems destined to continue in this role in 2024.
Mattia Binotto’s future is still to be written, but from today, there will be no more contractual constraints to respect for the former head of the Ferrari pit wall.