Stefano Domenicali has resigned from his role at Ferrari Team Principal today after a poor start to the 2014 season.
Domenicali, who has been the team principal at the Scuderia since 2008, has only one World Constructors’ Championship (2008, due to the fact that McLaren had their points stripped) to the team, and has never had a driver win the Drivers’ Championship.
When Fernando Alonso was brought in for the 2010 season, he was expected to bring Ferrari back to winning ways, but has yet to do so. This left huge pressure on Domenicali to boost the team’s results. Even drafting in Pat Fry in 2010 and James Allison in 2013 had no effect and Ferrari endured an uncompetitive start to their 2014 campaign.
The unexpected appearance of Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo at the Bahrain Grand Prix hinted towards change in the team and Domenicali subsequently resigned from his role.
“There are special moments that come along in everyone’s professional life, when one needs courage to take difficult and very agonising decisions,” Domenicali said. “It is time for a significant change.
“As the boss, I take responsibility – as I have always done – for our current situation. This decision [to leave] has been taken with the aim of doing something to shake things up and for the good of this group of people that I feel very close to.
“With all my heart, I thank all the man and women in the team, the drivers and the partners for the wonderful relationship we have enjoyed over all these years. I hope that very soon, Ferrari will be back where it deserves to be.
“I only regret that we have been unable to harvest what we worked so hard to sow in recent years.”
Marco Mattiacci has been announced as the new Team Principal and will be at the Chinese Grand Prix with the team this weekend.