Following the resignation of Mattia Binotto as head of the Ferrari F1 team, Charles Leclerc has sent a message of gratitude for his contributions over the past few years.
Binotto’s sacking was overheated after the F1 Sao Paulo GP, where team booking turmoil and tire strategy mistakes in qualifying attracted attention.
This time, attention was drawn to the fact that the relationship between Leclerc and Binotto was not good. The truth remains a mystery, but Leclerc expressed his gratitude to his boss via social media.
“Matthias, I want to thank you for everything. We have had four very intense seasons together. It has been very satisfying, but it has also inevitably been difficult.”
“I will never lose my respect for you. We have always worked hard towards the same goal. Good luck.”
A successor has not been announced until the end of the year, with Ferrari saying it is undecided at this stage, and it is unclear who will take over the difficult role.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has reportedly been linked, but Alfa Romeo F1 team boss and CEO Frederic Vasseur is seen as a likely candidate.
Vasseur is Leclerc’s first boss in F1 and is known as a good friend of Nicolas Todt, the manager of the 25-year-old Monegasque driver.