Stefano Domenicali Quits Scuderia Ferrari, to Be Replaced by Marco Mattiacci

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According to various Italian publications, Ferrari's F1 Team Principal has resigned from his position with immediate effect. Domenicali has been the Scuderia's boss since 2008, when he replaced Jean Todt. However, he only managed to help Ferrari win the 2008 season constructors' title, but never got to fulfill Luca di Montezemolo's dream of winning the prestigious drivers' championship. The last time Ferrari won the drivers' title was in 2007 through Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen.
Last Friday, Luca di Montezemolo suggested to the Italian press at a conference in Maranello that the Ferrari F1 team will most probably suffer a few personnel changes in the near future. At 12:13 today, Maranello sent an official release to the media, stating that Ferrari took note of Stefano Domenicali's resignation letter, thanking him for serving the company with great dedication.

The current president and CEO of Ferrari North America, Marco Mattiacci, will take Domenicali's place. "There are particular moments in everyone's professional life in which you have to have the courage to make difficult and very agonizing decisions," Domenicali said. "It's time to make an important change. As chief, I take on the responsibility of the situation we are in. It's a decision made with the desire to do something to shake things up and for the good of this group."

Ferrari hasn't won a Formula 1 Grand Prix since Fernando Alonso's victory in Barcelona almost a year ago. Couple that with the poor start of the 2014 season and you get the picture why this is the team's worst run since the glory days of Jean Todt as team principal and Michael Schumacher in the driving seat.

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo stated: "I also want to wish all the best to Marco Mattiacci, whom I know to be a highly regarded manager and who knows the company well. He has accepted this challenge with enthusiasm." But does he have what it takes to properly manage the Ferrari F1 team and level up its competitiveness? Only time will tell.

After three races so far in the 2014 season, Ferrari ranks fifth in the constructors' championship with only 33 points, while Mercedes sits comfortable at the top with 111 points. The Bahrain Grand Prix was a really unsatisfying experience for the Scuderia, with drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen only managing a less than modest 9th and 10th.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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