Stefano Domenicali has stepped down as Team Principal of the Ferrari Formula 1 outfit. He will be replaced for the time being by Marco Mattiacci, the President and CEO of the marque’s North American arm.
Ferrari, has been without a world title since its 2008 Constructors’ crown and has endured a challenging start to the 2014 campaign, with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen’s combined results leading the squad fifth overall.
“I take responsibility, as I have always done, for our situation,” said Domenicali. “This decision has been taken with the aim of doing something to shake things up and for the good of this group that I feel very close to.”
“I thank Stefano Domenicali, not only for his constant dedication and effort, but also for the great sense of responsibility he has shown, even today, in always putting the interests of Ferrari above all else.” Said Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo at today’s announcement.
At the recent Bahrain Grand Prix, the pair finished ninth and 10th, over half a minute adrift of victory.
Domenicali, who worked for the squad in administration and human resources positions before becoming its sporting director, took over from now FIA President Jean Todt as Team Principal for the 2008 season.
He oversaw the aforementioned championship title during his first year in charge, and came close to the double when Felipe Massa won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix but ultimately lost out to Lewis Hamilton.
But despite Alonso pushing Sebastian Vettel all the way in 2010 and 2012, and Ferrari finishing second to Red Bull in the latter year, the team has not added to its list of Formula 1 honours under Domenicali’s leadership.