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Red Bull CEO Christian Horner says he is “not surprised” by Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari, rules out links with F1 rivals

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Mattia Binotto’s exit from Ferrari was not a surprise to him despite being a ‘great car’ in 2022, suggesting he would switch to the Scuderia instead. claims that he did not.

Binotto will leave Ferrari at the end of this year after four seasons as his team boss in one of Formula 1’s most famous and most pressured teams.

2022 was the Italian’s best year ever, as he finished second in the championship with his four wins, but was also peppered with operational missteps. Binotto resigned despite it being widely known that this was Ferrari’s choice.

“It’s obviously Ferrari’s choice. I think he’ll be the sixth boss I’ve sat across from since I’ve been at Red Bull.

Ferrari is hoping to hire a new team boss early in the new year, with Fred Vasseur, current boss of the Ferrari-linked Alfa Romeo team, set to take over.

“Of course it’s difficult for him. They’ve had a great car this year. They’ve certainly been very competitive.”

Ferrari is also understood to have approached Horner for the role.

However, he had no interest in leaving Red Bull, leading to his first clean victory in the F1 championship since 2013.

“My commitment is very important to Team Red Bull,” Horner confirmed at the Autosport Awards. “I’ve been there from the beginning and obviously have a very close connection.” McLaren boss Zak Brown also hinted that he finds Binotto’s departure difficult.

“I don’t know the inner workings of a Ferrari,” he said. “Matthias seemed to have done a pretty good job. They have been very competitive this year.” “In my view, team stability and long-term work yields the best results.”

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