Binotto moves away from Ferrari pit wall in reshuffle

Date published: June 5 2021 - Henry Valantine

Mattia Binato Ferrari

Ferrari has finished a planned staff reshuffle that will see team principal Mattia Binotto managing races from the garage instead of the pit wall.

A new head of strategy is in place in Ravin Jain – a young British engineer who has been promoted from within Ferrari, having been with the team since 2016.

The latest staffing changes with the Scuderia have been planned since earlier in the year, with Laurent Mekies becoming racing director from sporting director, Inaki Rueda moving into Mekies’ previous role and Jain becoming the new head of strategy in the process.

With only seven seats available on the pit wall, space is at a premium and the new strategic head will require a seat on the edge of the action from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku onwards.

“When we launched the new structure in February we said Laurent is taking the role as racing director,” a Ferrari spokesman said to Motorsport.com. “And Inaki Rueda was going to take the role of sporting director, while remaining the head of strategy.

“So for the first part of the season we’ve done a process where step-by-step Inaki was taking that responsibility, shadowing Laurent.

“Now this process has come to a point where he is fully in charge of that. And as racing director Laurent is overseeing everything that happens on the track side.

“The other novelty is that Ravin Jain will be in charge of strategy, and he will be on the pit wall.”

Charles Leclerc

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Jain, 26, is an Oxford-educated engineer with a first-class degree in physics, alongside graduating with distinction in a master’s degree in mathematical and theoretical physics.

Jain has also spent time in Formula 1 in his time as a student, with a summer of experience spent at Caterham in 2013, Williams in 2014 and Ferrari in 2015 – joining the Scuderia full-time the following year after finishing his studies at Oxford and rising through the ranks within the team.

“He is a very young engineer, and he was selected through the Ferrari Engineering Academy,” the team spokesman continued. “So in his way it’s in parallel to the career that Charles [Leclerc] has had in the Driver Academy.

“We are happy that you can see that people can grow up in the team and take more and more responsibility. You can have an opportunity without having to come from different teams, and so on.”

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