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Domenicali To Be Formula 1 CEO From 2021

It has been confirmed that former team principal of Ferrari, Stefano Domenicali will replace Chase Carey as the CEO of Formula 1 in January.
  • Carey who has been CEO since 2017 will continue on the board but in a non-executive role.
  • Domenicali is best known for having replaced Jean Todt to lead the Ferrari F1 team from 2008 until 2014.
  • Since then he worked for Audi and the FIA, before being appointed the CEO of Lamborghini.

Formula One has announced that Italian, Stefano Domenicali will take the reins from Chase Carey and lead F1 as its CEO from January. Carey has spent almost four years as the sport's CEO since Liberty Media took a majority shareholder's stake in 2017.

Domenicali's background with Ferrari, the Volkswagen Group and the FIA, put him in an excellent position to lead the sport into the future. He has shown an undeniable passion for F1, and speaking earlier he said:

"I am thrilled to join the Formula One organisation, a sport that has always a part of my life."

"I was born in Imola and live in Monza. I've remained connected to the sport through my work with the single-seater commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in F1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.
"The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini [both part of the Volkswagen Group] have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1."

The 55-year-old's appointment has so far gone down extremely well with teams and drivers alike. Christian Horner described him as "one of the good guys", with Lewis Hamilton calling it "amazing" news, and saying that he didn't "think they could have really chosen someone better."


Chase Carey has overseen a challenging year for the sport, as well as the process of the teams agreeing to the new 'Concorde' agreement, that should make F1 more sustainable in the future. This is something which he alluded to while speaking about the news:

"It has been an honour to lead F1. I'm proud of the team that's not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
"I'm confident that we've built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term."

Domenicali is a familiar face in the paddock, and it will be great to see someone with his passion and experience lead Formula One into a new era for the sport. Welcome back, Stefano.

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Nick Hill

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He looks like the exact sort of person I would expect to fill the CEO chair in the post-Bernie era.

Don't take that as good or bad, I'm just saying he looks straight out of central casting for that kind of role.
 

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I've met Stefano on a number of occasions and stayed in contact during his Ferrari rein. He is well liked and respected and a good commercial leader, so I think he will do very well. With me he has always been true to his word and I remember having breakfast with him one year just before the start of the Melbourne GP and he is a no-nonsense, straight shooter.
 

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I've met Stefano on a number of occasions and stayed in contact during his Ferrari rein. He is well liked and respected and a good commercial leader, so I think he will do very well. With me he has always been true to his word and I remember having breakfast with him one year just before the start of the Melbourne GP and he is a no-nonsense, straight shooter.
I hope he pumps the breaks on political bs before and after races. A sticker and message is fine, but on the podium continuously pushing the message of BLM that have ruined businesses and cities in America is disgusting and has no place in European motorsport
 

jonelsorel

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Domenicali becoming head of Formula 1 after his Ferrari "performance" cements the joke the sport has become today. I guess they need a puppet, not someone like Bernie.
 
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williang83

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Domenicali is more qualified than Carey to run F1.
It doesn't matter if there are conflict of interest. It is undoubtedly that current headers would hardly go heavy against Ferrari when needed. It have been clearly proved with the cheated engine thing, yeah yeah they told that they couldn't prove as excuse on why no heavy punishment and i'm lead to believe but what if that's the excuses to not have to go heavy after them?

I mean i could accept if one of the heads had strong bounds with Ferrari but FIA, Managing Director and now FOM. It doesn't matter if someone is in a good faith or not, it is a matter of trying to keep things transparent and clear of conflict of interest which now it is impossible to provide.

In my life experience this is the perfect path for corruption, put together a lot of people with conflict of interest in charge of something and just see with time that even the one who had good intentions in the beginning starts to fail.
 

Enagee

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He worked for Ferrari for 23 years.

Based on last years undisclosed ferrari investigation Its going to be hard not to think that rules will be suited to Ferrari sometime in the future.

We all know Ferrari would never have let anyone from Mercedes near that position.

I thought Max would be the next heir to F1 throne, looks like Leclerc might be next in line.
 
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LeSunTzu

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Jean Todt has been running FIA for a while, and Ferrari has not been favored in any way. Like Todt, Domenicali is a professional. As long as they do not have currently any interest in Ferrari, there is no conflict.
 

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Domenicali is more qualified than Carey to run F1.
Probably so. I find the FIA is kind of a secret department. Apart from maybe something on Youtube or internet i hear very little. I would like to see a show on how the FIA work. Maybe follow Ross Brawn around to meetings. They would have to be older as they cant deal with modern issues due to privacy.
 
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