The team principal for the Ferrari Formula One team, Stefano Domenicali, has called it quits after failing to earn the team a Drivers’ Championship in the six years he’s been running the show. Domenicali’s resignation comes just days out from the fourth round of the 2014 F1 season, but a replacement has already been announced. Marco Mattiacci, currently president and CEO of Ferrari North America, will now take up the reins, ending speculation that Ross Brawn may return to the team.
Domenicali originally replaced Jean Todt as Ferrari team principal at the end of the 2007 season, the one in which Kimi Räikkönen took home the Drivers’ Championship. Under Domenicali‘s leadership, Ferrari won the Constructors' Championship in 2008 but things started to slide from there. The only real highlight was the 2012 season, in which Fernando Alonso missed out on the Drivers’ title by just a handful of points.
In a statement, Domenicali said the current situation at the team was the reason behind his decision. He also thanked Ferrari present Luca di Montezemolo and fans for their support over the years. He had been with the team for the past 23 years.
“As the boss, I take responsibility, as I have always done, for our current situation,” he said in the statement. “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.”_______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.