Stefano Domenicali has resigned from his role as Ferrari Team Principal.
Domenicali, who has worked for Ferrari since 1991, and was appointed as Team Principal in 2008, has resigned with immediate effect, citing the Scuderia’s poor start to the 2014 season as reason for his resignation after six years in the role.
Marco Mattiacci, President and CEO of Ferrari’s North American operations will replace Domenicali, and will attend his first race as Team Principal in China later this week.
“Ferrari has accepted the resignation of Stefano Domenicali and thanked him for having served the company with great dedication,” read a statement released by Ferrari on Monday.
“I take responsibility – as I always have – for the situation we are experiencing,” said Domenicali. “It is a choice taken with the desire to do something to give a jolt to our environment & for the sake of this group.
“I sincerely thank all the men and women of the team, the drivers and partners for the wonderful relationship we have had in these years.
“I wish you all that you can quickly return to the levels that Ferrari deserves.”
After three races, Ferrari find themselves 78 points adrift of Mercedes – the championship leaders, and only other full manufacturer present in the sport – and mired down in fifth place in the constructors’ championship.
Ferrari collected just one title under Domenicali’s tenure, securing the constructors’ championship in 2008, his first year as Team Principal.
The team memorably lost the chance to win the drivers’ title at the final race of the season on two ocassion’s in Domenicali’s time in charge, in 2008 and 2010.
Felipe Massa’s hopes were scuppered by Lewis Hamilton’s last corner pass on Timo Glock in 2008, while a strategy blunder cost Fernando Alonso the title two year’s later, handing Sebastian Vettel his first drivers’ crown.
Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, who left the Bahrain Grand Prix early following the team’s poor showing, has spoken in appreciation of Domenicali, applauding his commit to the Scuderia over 22 years.
“I thank Stefano Domenicali not only for his ongoing contribution and commitment, but for the great sense of responsibility that has demonstrated today by putting the interests of Ferrari ahead of his own,” he said.
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