Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix weekend news came out that Stefano Domenicali, former Ferrari team principal, will replace Chase Carey as the CEO of Formula 1.
That makes for an interesting F1 triumvirate of power consisting of three former key Ferrari figures. Former Ferrari team boss from 1994 until 2007 Jean Todt is the President of the FIA, former Ferrari technical director from 1997 until 2006 is Formula 1’s managing director, and now former Ferrari team principal from 2008 until 2014 is the CEO of Fomula 1 for Liberty Media.
Despite what might seem like a Ferrari foothold on top positions in F1 management, Lewis Hamilton thinks Domenicali is the perfect man for the job.
“I know Stefano very well, he is one of the nicest guys,” said the Briton.
“I honestly don’t think they could have chosen a better person to take Chase’s place. He did a great job and always had a good approach.
“I think Stefano has a good heart. He has a good family with good values. The future is positive.”
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Another name that has been in the mix to take the position of F1 CEO is none other than Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. The Austrian however says the position was not to be.
“My place is with Mercedes,” said Wolff.
“I feel comfortable here. I am not only team principal but also a partner of Mercedes. Together I believe we can take the team to a new level.”
Like Hamilton, Wolff too approves of the new CEO.
“He will lead Formula 1 with great integrity. Of course he will also try a lot to put the brakes on us, but that is part of the game.”