Formula 1 has always been a challenging and competitive sport, with relationships often turning sour. Despite being the oldest Constructor on the grid, Ferrari seems to have failed to learn this lesson. Now, as they face even greater challenges than in 2022, former Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto appears to be adding insult to injury. Rumors of him being hired by Alpine are gaining traction, and a recent development at Enstone could be a major selling point for Binotto to join this project.
Earlier in the year, the French team secured a substantial investment of $218,000,000, with Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds taking the lead. Although this undoubtedly benefits Alpine’s aspirations in Formula 1, it presents an opportunity for Binotto to cause anguish to the team he devoted himself to, only to be dismissed in return.
Cash is a crucial factor in Formula 1, and with Alpine receiving a substantial capital injection, Binotto has his sights set on draining the life out of Ferrari in pursuit of his own success at his new team.
According to Motorsport.com, key figures at Ferrari, such as Enrico Gualtieri and Wolf Zimmermann, may not be part of the team next year. There are talks of attractive financial offers and significant salary increases that could entice some members of the Scuderia to move to Paris.
However, there is one advantage that Binotto brings to Alpine that his predecessor Otmar Szafnauer couldn’t. While Binotto’s tenure at Ferrari was far from smooth, he may have promised a solution that Szafnauer couldn’t commit to.
Szafnauer disclosed that he provided a schedule for executing modifications at Alpine, but the Renault executives desired faster outcomes, resulting in their discord.
It is still uncertain if Binotto is the suitable individual to guide Alpine and if his presence will result in disorder for Ferrari. Only the passage of time can provide an answer.
The original article can be found at EssentiallySports.