'Binotto F1 return with Alpine not out of the question’ 

Sky's Martin Brundle believes that Mattia Binotto returning to F1 as Alpine's next team principal is “not out of the question”. 
Mattia Binotto (ITA) Ferrari Team
Mattia Binotto (ITA) Ferrari Team

Alpine sacked team principal Otmar Szafnauer and long-serving sporting director Alan Permane in a shock announcement that rocked the F1 paddock at the Belgian Grand Prix. 

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The rumour mill has gone into overdrive in the days following the confirmation of their exits amid suggestions that former Ferrari boss Binotto could replace Szafnauer. 

Binotto has been out of a job since being dismissed by the Italian outfit over the winter, though he was recently spotted in the F1 paddock at the British Grand Prix. 

And Sky F1 commentator Brundle reckons there could be something to the rumours. 

"I've heard the same rumour," Brundle said during Sky’s coverage in Belgium. 

"This is a funny old place as you know, you can start a rumour just for fun and see how quickly it comes back to you as fact. But it's not out of the question.

"Binotto has got a lot of experience, obviously in the Ferrari system, and knows about running a Formula 1 team.

"Obviously, it didn't work out for him at Ferrari otherwise he'd still be there. But I wouldn't be surprised if that was announced, no.”

(L to R): Alan Permane (GBR) Alpine F1 Team Trackside Operations Director with Otmar Szafnauer (USA) Alpine F1 Team, Team
(L to R): Alan Permane (GBR) Alpine F1 Team Trackside Operations Director…

Interim Alpine boss Bruno Famin remained tight-lipped when he was asked if Binotto is on the French team’s shortlist. 

“We’re not at that stage,” Famin insisted. 

“I think I'm going to, with all my direct reports, assess what is the situation, think about what are the priorities in Enstone, to consolidate the things and we will define if we need a new structure or not and when that will be done, we will see.”

Famin added: “I will take the necessary time to do this assessment and we will decide later on.” 

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