Maurizio Arrivabene has been replaced as Ferrari team principal by former technical boss Mattia Binotto, sources close to the team say.The news, first reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, comes after Ferrari failed to win either title in 2018 amid a series of driver and management errors.
Ferrari were not immediately available for comment on the development.Insiders say the decision was made by Ferrari president John Elkann shortly before the Christmas break. Arrivabene, 61, had been boss of the team since December 2014, joining from main sponsor, the tobacco giant Philip Morris, where he was a vice-president.
He was in charge of Ferrari while the team enjoyed a revival in competitiveness in the last two seasons.But he was widely seen within F1 as a Ferrari figurehead only, with the real power instead resting with former president Sergio Marchionne, who masterminded a reshuffle of the technical department in 2016 but died from complications during surgery for cancer last July.
Marchionne's intention before his death had been to remove Arrivabene and replace him with Binotto, who had led the team's technical department to a series of widely copied design innovations since 2016.
Nevertheless, Arrivabene's departure just two months before the start of the new season on 17 March will inevitably raise questions as to how the change will affect the running of the only team that has been able to regularly challenge world champions Mercedes in the last two years.
Ferrari's failure to win the title last year was largely down to mistakes from lead driver Sebastian Vettel, and failures of operational management, for which Arrivabene had overall responsibility.
Inputs: BBC Sports