Domenicali stands down as Ferrari team principal

By on Monday, April 14, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Stefano Domenicali has left his role as Ferrari team principal with immediate effect.

Domenicali took over the position from Jean Todt at the end of 2007 but the Italian has departed following Ferrari's poor start to the 2014 season.

Domenicali has be replaced by Marco Mattiacci, the president and CEO of Ferrari North America.

Domenicali claimed the constructors' championship in his first season as team principal, but the outfit never claimed the drivers' championship while he was in charge, with Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso losing out at the last round in 2008, 2010 and 2012 respectively.

"There are special moments that come along in everyone’s professional life, when one needs courage to take difficult and very agonising decisions," said Domenicali. "It is time for a significant change. As the boss, I take responsibility, as I have always done, for our current situation. This decision 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 men 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. My final words of thanks go to our President, for having always supported me and to all our fans. I only regret that we have been unable to harvest what we worked so hard to sow in recent years."

2014's new regulations presented Ferrari with an opportunity to return to its glory days following several years of Red Bull domination but a poor start to the season has left the team languishing in comparison to championship leaders Mercedes.

Neither Fernando Alonso nor Kimi Raikkonen has yet to finish on the podium, while in Bahrain the duo could muster only ninth and tenth place after complaining of a lack of power compared to their Mercedes rivals.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo spoke out against the new regulations when he attended the race in Bahrain but departed prematurely after witnessing the performance of the F14T.

Domenicali joined Ferrari in 1991, and rose through the ranks. He was promoted to team manager in 1996, before becoming the sporting director in 2002 and team principal in 2007.

Domenicali's resignation means that four of last year's top five teams in the constructors' championship have changed team principals since the end of 2013.

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