Posted by Mole on September 10, 2011 | No Comments
Ferrari Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali, has been reassured that his role for 2012 is safe. President of Scuderia Ferrari Formula One Team, Luca di Montezemelo, has informed the Principal that although the team failed to challenge or the title this year, Domenicali will remain in his current position for the 2010 Formula One season.
However, as expected, their are a few conditions attached to that. The main one being that Montezemelo has insisited that Ferrari must improve in the 2012 season, and be a certain title contender. Domenicalli has responded well to this pressure, saying that he believes he is currently building the foundations of a near-dominant team. But, this is an unsually bold claim, as the last time Ferrari ‘dominated’ Formula One, was when Michael Schumacher was racing for the team, last decade.
In 2008, the current FIA President, Jean Todt, handed over his role of Ferrari Team Principal to Domenicali. Since then, the team have had mixed success. Some say this is due to Felipe Massa’s unfortunate incident in 2008, but others say that the capability and pace just is not there.
Montezemelo defends his team’s Principal highly though, commenting “Stefano has all my commitment. He has a big commitment to deliver and so he will be very busy. When Todt left the company it was of course the end of one era. We have opened a new era, new people and a new mentality”. When challenged about whether Domenicali will improve the team in 2012, he answered rather confidently – “I’m very happy that my team management is so confident and I look forward that he will deliver”.
Some people have even suggested a slight change in role for the President of Ferrari himself. Their was slight speculation that Montezemelo will move from height of Ferrari, into Italian Politics. But, when questioned about these rumors, he laughed them off jokingly, insisting he is more dedicated than ever before. If Montezemelo was to move to the Politics side of the board, then this would have a dramatic effect on Italian competition, as Ferrari’s efforts have previously been debated about in the past.