Christian Horner Finally Speaks Out About His Alleged Switch To Ferrari.

Among the names mentioned in connection with the Ferrari job vacancy is Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner. Ferrari is having a harder time than they expected in filling the vacuum left by Mattia Binotto’s exit.

Reports suggest the Scuderia have decided against promoting someone who was a contributing factor to their most recent failures and instead chose to hire from outside the organization.

Fred Vasseur was seen to be the front-runner for the position, and a switch from Alfa Romeo to Ferrari would’ve been simple given the connections between the teams. However, according to German media reports, he has declined the chance to join Ferrari in preference of sticking with his present team.

The team principal’s position at Ferrari has reportedly been offered to McLaren’s Andreas Seidl and Red Bull’s Christian Horner. The latter was quick to dismiss any speculations that he may leave.

Horner said: “My commitment is very much with the Red Bull team, I’ve been there since the beginning and obviously have a very close attachment.”

Red Bull presently holds both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles, so should Horner have opted to accept Ferrari’s offer, a switch to Ferrari would have seemed like a downgrade. Horner’s allegiance to Red Bull didn’t change, despite reports that Scuderia’s offer would’ve included a significant raise in his current wages.

Binotto will now leave Ferrari at the end of the current calendar year, despite Ferrari’s prior denials that they were thinking of replacing him as team principal. A few days after Ferrari’s initial denial, the 53-year-old opted to submit his resignation to the team.

Pressure had been building on Binotto following Ferrari’s disappointing 2022 campaign, in which mistakes made mostly by the Italian and his staff caused Charles Leclerc and Ferrari to lose their chances of winning both titles.

Binotto and Leclerc were believed to be on bad terms by the conclusion of the season in Abu Dhabi, implying that the team principal was forewarned as F1 reached the winter break ahead of the following season, in which Ferrari is anticipated to battle Red Bull under new leadership, whoever that might be.