Formula 1 2020: Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto heads back to Italy after falling ill before Abu Dhabi GP
Binotto is heading home this weekend and will not be working from the factory, according to reports. He is understood to be staying home and resting.
Abu Dhabi: Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto flew home to Italy on Thursday after falling ill ahead of this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Binotto missed the Turkish and Bahrain Grands Prix last month to remain at Ferrari's Maranello headquarters and direct the race operations from there.
He is heading home this weekend and will not be working from the factory, according to reports. He is understood to be staying home and resting.
Ferrari's sporting director Laurent Mekies is expected to take charge of race operations at the Yas Marina Circuit this weekend, as he did for the two previous events when Binotto is absent.
Despite mounting a minor revival in recent weeks, Ferrari have endured a disappointing season and appear likely to finish out of the top five in the constructors championship.
Binotto has been under pressure amid speculation over his future, but has remained in his role as team chief.
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The Australian race, usually the season-opener, was delayed from March to November, but no new date was set for the Chinese Grand Prix, normally held in April.
The 21-year-old, who finished ninth in last season's standings, with 97 points, is self-isolating at his hotel