Stefano Domenicali, from Ferrari leader with Alonso to new strong man in F1

Stefano Domenicali, from Ferrari leader with Alonso to new strong man in F1

The 55-year-old Italian will replace Chase Carey, who leaves office after three years and after the signing of the Pact of Concord.

Stefano Domenicali, from Ferrari leader with Alonso to new strong man in F1

Stefeno Domenicali will replace Chase Carey as CEO of Formula 1, the business controlled by US company Liberty Media. The 55-year-old Italian will thus become the third man who governs the designs of the Great Circus after the brief episode of Carey and the almost four decades in office of Bernie Ecclestone .

Although Liberty Media has not yet issued an official statement, the appointment of Domenicali is taken for granted among the most influential members of the 'paddock', which this weekend will move to Sochi, the venue for the Russian GP. This appointment ends the aspirations of Toto Wolff , Zak Brown or Christian Horner , top managers of Mercedes, McLaren and Red Bull, who also rang for the position.

Domenicali will formalize in the next few hours his goodbye to Lamborghini, where he held the position of CEO since 2015. His successes in the exclusive sports car firm, with a sales record in 2019, added to his extensive experience at Ferrari, where he served as head of the team between 2008 and 2014, have ended up convincing the owners of Liberty Media.

“Incredible moments”

His best years at the Scuderia coincided with the arrival of Fernando Alonso , who was at the gates of the title in 2010 and 2012, where he only yielded to Sebastian Vettel in the last race. “Together we live incredible moments”, this BA in Business Administration from the University of Bologna usually recalls.

From now on, Domenicali will once again form a couple with Ross Brawn , one of the most responsible for the golden age in Maranello. The 65-year-old Briton has held the position of F1 sporting director since January 2017. He will also have to work hand in hand with Jean Todt , president of the International Federation (FIA), another of the architects of those six world titles of Michael Schumacher in Ferrari.

Carey's achievements

Liberty Media keeps its word with Carey, who had committed in a timely manner, with the idea of leaving office when it was signed as the Pact of Concord. Of course, the times of the pandemic do not seem the best time for F1, but the American executive manages to free himself from a position he had accessed in January 2017.

In addition to the aforementioned pact with the teams, among its most outstanding achievements the regulatory revolution, which will come into force from 2022, the reduction of the budget ceiling for teams and its management in the convulsive World Cup 2020, where it was finally able to move forward. 17 races.

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