Audi has been urged to signal Mattia Binotto as quickly as attainable whether it is to strengthen its F1 entry for the 2026 season.
Binotto is a free agent after resigning his place as Ferrari crew principal on December 30, though it was steered the Scuderia had prolonged his gardening depart interval from six to 12 months earlier than his departure.
This implies if Audi is serious about recruiting Binotto, he will be unable to hitch till the beginning of 2024, though he nonetheless has two years to play a key function within the improvement of the German producer’s energy unit.
From 2026, in accordance with the introduction of latest PU laws, Sauber has turn out to be the Audi works crew that continues to progress in the direction of its entry regardless of a three-year wait.
Former Ferrari sporting director Cesare Fiorio, who additionally beforehand labored with Ligier and Minardi, believes Binotto is a perfect recruit for Audi due to his earlier engine pedigree on the Scuderia.
“If I have been to enter F1, just like the Germans, I would not let him escape,” Fiorio informed Corriere dello Sport on Binotto, who served as head of the engine division and chief technical officer earlier than turning into crew principal.
“I’d have taken care of him [at Ferrari]. I’ve all the time thought of him an awesome technician. F1-75 is, together with Purple Bull, the perfect automobile of 2022.”
Reflecting on how the drivers’ and constructors’ championships slipped from Binotto’s grasp final season, Fiorio added: “They weren’t gained due to a scarcity of reliability, some dangerous technique and a few driving errors.
“Binotto is a good engineer, however being the principal of the crew is one other job.”