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Mattia Binotto: Ferrari has the right people to win titles

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Ferrari's new chief technical officer Mattia Binotto insists his team has everything it needs to fight for championships, adding that the 2017 car is already "well advanced".

Binotto took over technical leadership of the team from James Allison in late July following a series of high-level crisis meetings chaired by Ferrari's CEO Sergio Marchionne. Binotto, who has been at Maranello since 1995, comes from the power unit side of the team and is credited with the strides Ferrari's engine department made between 2014 and 2015.

Since Binotto's promotion, Enrico Cardile, who formally worked on Ferrari's GT project, has been appointed as head of aerodynamics and the team's engineering departments have been restructured to encourage more creative thinking among its workforce. However, Binotto says Maranello does not require a complete overhaul and is confident it can succeed with the workforce it has in place.

"There is a lot of quality in Ferrari, and a lot of talented people," he said. "I'm sure that we've got all of what we need to do a good job and really to battle for the championship. So no, I do not foresee any real necessity at the moment to do something different compared to what we've got."

The changes Binotto does make in the coming months are unlikely to have a major impact on Ferrari's 2017 car, which started development some time ago under Allison.

"On the 2017 project, clearly it is well advanced," Binotto added. "I think that it is a continuous development and we need to especially make sure that we are progressing well on the development and there is nothing different that we need to do, except doing better compared to what we've done so far. It's really a matter of progressing, progressing fast and make it right."

Although Ferrari is approaching the end of its eighth consecutive season without a world title, Binotto has no doubt it can return to championship-winning ways in the future.

"I've known Ferrari since many years - I've spent more than 20 years in Ferrari. Ferrari is a great team, huge resources, a number of very highly talented people and I'm sure we've got all the resources to do well. No doubt that in order to win we need to improve furthermore. We need to push, to work hard, but we can make it."