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Sport Toto Wolff: Domenicali is "a very, very good choice" for Formula 1

11:05  08 october  2020
11:05  08 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

F1 set to appoint ex-Ferrari boss Domenicali as new CEO, replacing Carey

  F1 set to appoint ex-Ferrari boss Domenicali as new CEO, replacing Carey Ex-Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is set to become the new CEO of Formula 1, taking over from Chase Carey ahead of the 2021 season .Sources have confirmed to Autosport that Domenicali, 55, will step into Carey's role by the end of the year.While a final agreement is still to be finalised with Domenicali over the role, it is poised to be completed in the near future.Official confirmation of Domenicali's appointment has not yet been issued by F1, but teams were informed of the news on Tuesday.Carey is set to remain involved in F1 beyond the end of the year in a revised position.

Long mooted as a potential CEO of Formula 1 , Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted he did have “initial discussions” about the role, but insisted that Stefano Domenicali – who was named as Chase Carey’s successor last week – is And I think he’s a very , very good choice for the role,” said Wolff .

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes Stefano Domenicali will avoid pursuing “artificial things” when he takes over as Formula 1 chief in January. I think he’s a very , very good choice for the role.” F 1 has considered a number of format changes and tweaks under Liberty’s stewardship, with

Toto Wolff & Stefano Domenicali waren als Chefs von Mercedes & Ferrari Rivalen © 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.

That was in 2013 when, after all the other teams had left, the Mercedes stayed in Barcelona to test new Pirelli prototype tires. Because there was a strict test ban in 2013 and the loophole that Mercedes had entered with it was a bit too thin, a controversy developed out of this - which ultimately ended with a harmless warning for Mercedes.

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His focus is Formula 1 but he is still very much involved in the Formula E programme. "What I try to do is the same as Toto , which is holistic. "And with this, I was lucky -- it was genuinely too good to turn down, not just getting back into motor sport which is a passion of mine but also the opportunity to start

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Greg Maffei, Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton © Motorsport Images Greg Maffei, Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton

Today the Austrian and the Italian can laugh about it. Wolff thinks that Liberty Media has made "a great move" by signing Domenicali: "Stefano is a man with a great personality, very integrity, and he knows the sport."

"He was already Sports Director, Team Principal, he had difficult and successful times. He was on Audi's Formula 1 project for a while and has now led Lamborghini to enormous financial success. These are great cars. He is a very, very one good choice."

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In addition, when he takes office in January 2021 he will be able to concentrate on the essentials because his predecessor Chase Carey has already fetched the biggest cow, the new Concorde Agreement, from the ice.

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"It's good that that's done. So Stefano can take care of optimizing the sport, winning sponsors, making great TV deals, taking us to new places and new routes and to inspire a new generation of fans, across all channels that exist today. "

Wolff makes it clear that he himself was not interested in the job as Formula 1 CEO. Even if he admits in retrospect: "Everyone knows that there were initial talks with Greg Maffei (President of Liberty Media). But they did not lead to anything."

Conversations with Liberty: So yes!

An interesting correction, because in May 2019, when the story about the conversations with Maffei mentioned by Wolff became public, the Mercedes team boss classified it "in the field of fables" and criticized against the high-circulation 'Kronen Zeitung' : "A journalist wrote a funny story that is full of speculations."

Be that as it may: Wolff has since decided against the job as Formula 1 CEO, for which Liberty boss John Malone and Maffei reportedly wanted to win him, and presumably would not have been able to take it even if he would have wanted that, because Ferrari threatened to veto .

"I love where I am," Wolff clarifies, "and it became clear to me that I love the stopwatch, competition and racing so much. Today I am co-owner of a Formula 1 team, together with Mercedes, and I have to pinch me every day because of that. Ultimately, it would have led to nothing anyway because Ferrari would not have accepted it. "

When asked if he really believes that, Wolff replies: "No. I know that! But it's okay. You have this right, and I respect that. Maybe I would have thought the same in your place you need the best man for this job. But I think they have him now. Stefano is the real deal. "

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