Cars Medien: Ex-Ferrari team boss Domenicali becomes Formula 1 boss
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According to media reports, the former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali will become the new managing director of Formula 1. The Italian will succeed Chase Carey at the head of the racing series in the coming year, reported the specialist portal “Racefans”.
According to the BBC, the team bosses have already been informed about the personnel. The American Carey will take on representative tasks in the role of Formula 1 President.
Domenicali was team principal at Ferrari from the end of 2007 to 2014. He led Scuderia to their last world championship title to date, winning the constructors' championship in 2008. After his forced resignation, he took over the chairmanship of the commission for single-seater racing cars at the Fia World Federation. The 55-year-old has been the managing director of Lamborghini since 2016.
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There has been speculation about a change at the top of Formula 1 for some time now, after the long-term future of the racing series had recently been regulated with the conclusion of a new basic contract with all manufacturers. Carey took up the position of managing director in early 2017 after the US company Liberty Media took over the racing series. For him, the long-time Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone had to vacate the post.
Should Domenicali now move up into the role, this could further strengthen Ferrari's influence on the motorsport premier class. Fia President Jean Todt was also the Ferrari team boss for a long time. The current Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn was technology director at Scuderia in Todt's tenure and was considered an important factor in all of Michael Schumacher's title wins.
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Toto Wolff: Domenicali is "a very, very good choice" for Formula 1 .
© Motorsport Images Toto Wolff & Stefano Domenicali were the bosses of Mercedes & Ferrari rivals Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is convinced that Stefano Domenicali as the future CEO of Formula 1 is the best choice. Although his first contact with the Ferrari team boss at the time was not a positive one: "We had our first real encounter in Monaco when he protested against us about 'Reifengate'," laughs Wolff.