Sky Sports commentator David Croft says he thinks Mattia Binotto was ousted from Ferrari for attempting to bring Toto Wolff’s ‘no blame’ philosophy to Ferrari.
After four years at the helm of Ferrari, at the end of 2022 Mattia Binotto resigned from his position of team principal.
Despite this being a ‘resignation’, many are saying he was pressured into leaving because of Ferrari’s failure to seriously challenge Red Bull in 2022.
Sky Sports’ David Croft has another interesting theory. He believes Binotto was trying to implement a ‘no blame culture’ at Ferrari, something that Toto Wolff was nurturing at Mercedes for years, and in doing so, the Italian took all of the blame on himslef.
“I was thinking about this, did Mattia Binotto pay the price for a season of over-expectation for Ferrari?” asked Croft.
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“But ‘no’ is the answer to that, as you [can] say they have engineered the fastest car.
“Did he pay the price for trying to protect the staff at Maranello from the intense scrutiny and any public blame? Yes, I think he did.
“It’s interesting. Toto Wolff creates a culture of no blame at Mercedes. Mattia Binotto tries to do the same thing at Ferrari…
“One is fêted for that and the other has to resign,” the Briton concluded.