Ferrari have officially confirmed the departure of team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, claiming the decision was taken in his "long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself". Former technical chief Mattia Binotto has been appointed Arrivabene's replacement after a series of reported disagreements between the pair.
Arrivabene departs the Scuderia after four years in charge and could soon find himself heading business interests at Italian football giants Juventus, having previously batted away links to the Turin club.
Binotto's rise through the ranks at Maranello is now complete, the Swiss having previously served as a mechanic before going on to head up Ferrari's power unit programme, leading to his promotion to chief technical officer in 2016.
Ferrari's power gains in 2018 were impressive, they had a faster car than Mercedes for stretches of the season, however errors on the track and pitwall cost the team, and possibly Arrivabene his job.
A statement read: "After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team.
"The decision was taken together with the company's top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio's long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.
"Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team's increasing competitiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours.
With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari's Team Principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.