Binotto is unmoved about his future despite exit reports.

La Gazzetta dello Sport earlier this week stated that Frederic Vasseur, the current Alfa Romeo CEO, would take up Binotto’s position as Team Principal at the Italian team.

Ferrari responded to the report by calling the assertion absolutely without substance.

Binotto had the chance to address his future in Abu Dhabi and said he was unconcerned about his situation.

“Obviously it is not down to me to decide, but I am pretty relaxed,” he said.

“The reason I am relaxed is that I am always open to open, frank discussions with my bosses, with my chairman, not only on the short-term but also the medium and long-term.”

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Leclerc’s remarks were echoed by Binotto, who also said he contacted Ferrari CEO John Elkann after hearing of his impending departure from the team.

“Obviously, Ferrari is the most loved team,” he said. “Seb said once that everybody is a Ferrari fan and if they are telling you it’s not the case, well as a matter of fact they are.

“When there is such a big passion around it there is also criticism and rumours. That has been true in the past, it’s the situation right now, and it will be in the future.

“When these speculations came out, I had a chat with my chairman John Elkann. Together we discussed what is the best way to move forward and together we decided to release a statement – it was maybe the best way to clear those speculations.

“Clearly, those speculations are totally with no foundations. I think for me right now what is most important is to focus on the race weekend and the team not to be distracted.

“Certainly the rumours are always there but it’s about Ferrari and more important not to be distracted by them.”