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Montezemolo orders immediate overhaul at Ferrari to end bureaucracy

Montezemolo orders immediate overhaul at Ferrari to end bureaucracy

The first part of the season, with races a long way from Europe, was not easy for Scuderia Ferrari. The week following the Bahrain Grand Prix brought various changes, including Marco Mattiacci being appointed to run the Gestione Sportiva, following Stefano Domenicali’s resignation. There was also the first podium of the year in China, which […]

Lopez: With us Kimi was a strong driver, so the gap at Ferrari is a bit surprising

Lopez: With us Kimi was a strong driver, so the gap at Ferrari is a bit surprising

Kimi Raikkonen’s former team boss says that he is surprised by the Finn’s struggles at the wheel of the new Ferrari F14T. The 2007 world champion, who had returned to the sport with Lotus team after a rallying sabbatical, switched to Ferrari for 2014 following a pay dispute after two years with the Enstone team. But […]

Domenicali is a scapegoat says former Ferrari team manager

Domenicali is a scapegoat says former Ferrari team manager

Stefano Domenicali is just Ferrari’s latest scapegoat, according to Cesare Fiorio, a former Ferrari team manager . Fiorio, who led the Maranello team before the ultra-successful Jean Todt era, likened Domenicali’s departure to that of Aldo Costa, who left Ferrari three years ago. Designer Costa was responsible for the ultra-dominant 2014 Mercedes project. “It is […]

Raikkonen: If I was not motivated I wouldn’t be here

Raikkonen: If I was not motivated I wouldn’t be here

Kimi Raikkonen has lashed out at suggestions that his struggle at Ferrari so far in 2014 might be due to flagging motivation. While teammate Fernando Alonso raced to the Italian team’s first podium of the season, Finn Raikkonen struggled all weekend in China in the sister Formula 14-T. Spaniard Alonso couldn’t help labelling Raikkonen’s deficit […]

Alonso: I think this podium should be dedicated to Stefano Domenicali

Alonso: I think this podium should be dedicated to Stefano Domenicali

Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari their first podium finish of the Formula One season on Sunday and handed some of the credit to former team boss Stefano Domenicali. The Spaniard said his third place in China, the fourth race of the year, was a confidence boost for Formula One’s most glamorous team after a difficult start […]

Alonso: We need to keep scoring points, as many as we can now that we are not super-competitive

Alonso: We need to keep scoring points, as many as we can now that we are not super-competitive

After a week where Ferrari under went a change of team boss it was fitting that Fernando Alonso dug deep, in his unique style, to score the team’s first podium finish of the new season, at the Chinese Grand Prix. The Spaniard spoke about his race in Shanghai; Third for Ferrari. There are a lot […]

Ferrari: The result is a reward for the effort that all the team is putting into every area

Ferrari: The result is a reward for the effort that all the team is putting into every area

Ferrari team and drivers report from the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit; Fernando Alonso: “After a difficult start to the season, this podium is a confidence boost for the whole team, providing extra motivation for all those who are doing their best to close […]

Mattiacci plays down Alonso departure reports

Mattiacci plays down Alonso departure reports

Ferrari’s new team principal has played down suggestions that Fernando Alonso might be looking to leave the Italian team amid the crisis over poor competitiveness. Although car upgrades appear to have pushed the Spaniard closer to the pace in Shanghai, it wasn’t enough to calm speculation that Stefano Domenicali’s exit might be one of the final […]

Ferrari: We will try and exploit any opportunity to attack

Ferrari: We will try and exploit any opportunity to attack

Ferrari team and drivers report from qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit; Fernando Alonso: “When it rains you never know how things will turn out as track conditions can get worse lap after lap and so that’s one reason for me to […]

Mattiacci: I thought the call from Montezemolo was a late April Fool’s joke

Mattiacci: I thought the call from Montezemolo was a late April Fool’s joke

Ferrari’s new team principal, the hitherto virtually unknown Marco Mattiacci revealed to media in Shanghai that he thought Luca di Montezemolo’s offer to lead the legendary Maranello outfit was a belated April Fool’s joke. He also explained that the reason he has been wearing dark sunglasses throughout his first day on the job is simply […]

Ferrari: More important than making predictions is to stay concentrated on our work

Ferrari team and drivers report from Day 1 of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit Fernando Alonso: “All Fridays are the same, a day when you especially need to test the tyres to adapt to the circuit and on this front, maybe it […]

Alonso denies sarcastic victory salute for Bahrain ninth place

Alonso denies sarcastic victory salute for Bahrain ninth place

Fernando Alonso denied his frustration with Ferrari’s poor start to 2014 hit a sarcastic low recently in Bahrain. Hot on the heels of Stefano Domenicali’s departure, it now emerges that Alonso punched the air in an apparently sarcastic victory gesture, after the crossing the line just ninth in Bahrain two weeks ago. It is known […]

Italian Olympic chief doubts Ferrari will recover in 2014

Italian Olympic chief doubts Ferrari will recover in 2014

The Italian Olympic chief Giovanni Malago says it is unlikely Ferrari will recover from its competitive slump within the 2014 season. Malago’s name is now well-known in the Formula 1 paddock, after Ferrari this week quoted him as saying he dislikes the sport’s ‘new’ face. “I hope the people who run the sport look again […]

Alonso: Stefano is a great man, first of all, and I am a close friend of his

Alonso: Stefano is a great man, first of all, and I am a close friend of his

Fernando Alonso paid tribute on Thursday to ex Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, who sensationally quit this week, and admitted that he had not even spoken to the new man at the helm. Domenicali stepped down on Monday, after a torrid start to the season, culminating most recently in the team’s drivers trailing in ninth […]

Montezemolo: Mattiacci is going to be at the helm for a long time, and I will be more hands on

Montezemolo: Mattiacci is going to be at the helm for a long time, and I will be more hands on

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has played down reports Marco Mattiacci is only a short term stop-gap solution at the top of the Maranello based team. It is reported that Gerhard Berger or Ross Brawn are the more likely long-term successors following Stefano Domenicali’s sudden resignation. Flavio Briatore has already ruled himself out. “I have […]

Ferrari could soon turn full focus to 2015 season

Ferrari could soon turn full focus to 2015 season

Ferrari may already be looking to write off the 2014 Formula 1 world championship season with a focus shifting to 2015. After a bad start to the new turbo V6 era for the fabled Italian team, Ferrari is just fifth in the constructors’ championship, behind rival Mercedes and Renault-powered teams. Technical boss Pat Fry admitted […]

Lauda slams Montezemolo for Formula 1 taxi drivers jibe

Lauda slams Montezemolo for Formula 1 taxi drivers jibe

Niki Lauda has lashed out at Luca di Montezemolo’s claim that the 2014 rules have reduced the Formula 1 field to little more than “taxi drivers”. “Whoever says the races are ‘economy runs’ and that the drivers are ‘taxi drivers’ is lying,” the Mercedes chairman angrily told Italy’s Autosprint. “It is absolutely not true,” triple […]

Vettel shocked by Domenicali departure from Ferrari

Vettel shocked by Domenicali departure from Ferrari

World champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he was ‘shocked’ to hear about Stefano Domenicali’s departure from Ferrari. Although fierce rivals, the pair were also friends, regularly spotted chatting or shaking hands in the paddock, to the extent that Vettel was constantly linked with a potential switch from Red Bull in the future. But on […]

Montezemolo: I have decided to focus on a young manager that I believe in a lot

Montezemolo: I have decided to focus on a young manager that I believe in a lot

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has dismissed early criticism of the Scuderia’s new Formula 1 team boss Marco Mattiacci. First, he applauded the ousted Stefano Domenicali for taking responsibility for the fabled team’s poor results and choosing to resign. “Resignations in Italy are rare,” said Montezemolo, who appointed Ferrari North America chief  Mattiacci – an […]

Ferrari priority is to establish themselves as second best team

Ferrari priority is to establish themselves as second best team

Ferrari say they are not targeting runaway Formula One leaders Mercedes but want to establish themselves as second-best team in the short term. The Italian team, who this week replaced Team Principal Stefano Domenicali with Marco Mattiacci, want to bounce back at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix from a disappointing showing in the previous race, […]

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