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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, and also explained the reason he has been wearing dark sunglasses throughout his first day on the job is simply because […]

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, […]

Ferrari rope in Italian Olympic boss to keep up the noise against new era Formula 1

Ferrari rope in Italian Olympic boss to keep up the noise against new era Formula 1

Formula 1′s new look makes no sense and is tantamount to self-harm, Giovanni Malago, the head of the Italian Olympic Committee, has said in comments highlighted by Ferrari as supportive of their own criticism. “I speak on behalf of Italian sports people and fans, I don’t like this Formula One and in my opinion it’s […]

Berger, Brawn or Bell all candidates to replace Domenicali

Berger, Brawn or Bell all candidates to replace Domenicali

Within hours of Ferrari’s confirmation that Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has left the team, Mercedes announced its own split with Technical Director Bob Bell. Irishman Bell, who worked with Fernando Alonso when the Spaniard won his titles at Renault, only joined Mercedes in 2011, so speculation that he might be in line to be Domenicali’s […]

Inside Line: Ferrari pave the way for the return of Ross Brawn to Maranello

Inside Line: Ferrari pave the way for the return of Ross Brawn to Maranello

Stefano Domenicali finally relinquished his post as team principal of Ferrari, for many the decision was long ovedue and although he resigned the post the truth is he was sent packing but given the diginified option of resignation – arrivederci Stefano, bygones are bygones let’s move forward… Formula 1′s most famous team is desperate for […]

Domenicali stands down as Ferrari Formula 1 team principal

Domenicali stands down as Ferrari Formula 1 team principal

Stefano Domenicali resigned as Ferrari’s Formula 1 team principal on Monday with the company’s North America President and Chief Executive Marco Mattiacci appointed as his replacement. The Italian glamour team, the oldest and one of the most successful in the sport, have made a poor start to the season with two fourth places for Spaniard […]

Montezemolo: To all those jealous people wanting Domenicali’s job they have to fight for it!

Montezemolo: To all those jealous people wanting Domenicali’s job they have to fight for it!

La Gazzetta dello Sport, the influential Italian sports daily, speculated on Friday that Ferrari could be poised to make a change at the top. It has long been reported that Stefano Domenicali, the fabled Maranello team’s chief, might not survive too many more disappointing seasons at the helm. “[I] say to all those jealous people […]

Ferrari pack up early after chassis defect found during Bahrain test

Ferrari pack up early after chassis defect found during Bahrain test

On the second and final day of testing in Bahrain, Ferrari have had to pack up early after discovering that the F14T which Fernando Alonso was using during the test is defective. After a mere 12 laps, the team decided that it was pointless to carry on at Sakhir, after a fault was detected on […]

Inside Line: Montezemolo and his underperforming team…and taxi drivers

Inside Line: Montezemolo and his underperforming team…and taxi drivers

Luca di Montezemolo made a grand entrance in Bahrain, having sent an advance warning to all and sundry that he was attending round three of the championship and seeking urgent talks with the powers that be of Formula 1, as he (and the thousands of Ferrari fans polled) wanted rules changed as “the sport was […]

Alonso: Montezemolo told me Ferrari is doing 100 percent because no one is happy

Alonso: Montezemolo told me Ferrari is doing 100 percent because no one is happy

In the wake of yet another season where Ferrari start on the back foot, the marque’s President Luca di Montezemolo met with star driver Fernando Alonso in the latter’s hotel room in Bahrain. Alonso revealed to Italian media, “[Montezemolo] came on Sunday morning and we worked together in my room for ten minutes. We tried […]

Briatore says Ferrari lost its excellence in Formula 1

Briatore says Ferrari lost its excellence in Formula 1

While Ferrari’s global brand remains strong, the health of the Maranello based Formula 1 team is “less impressive” according to ex Formula 1 team boss Flavio Briatore, who was asked by Italian Radio 105 if he thinks that Ferrari still stands for excellence. “The brand is an excellence,” the 63-year-old former Renault and Benetton boss […]

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