Stefano Domenicali has admitted that he considered quitting as the Ferrari team boss following the 2010 F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi.
went into the final round of the year leading the drivers' championship through Fernando Alonso, but a mistake on strategy – when the team elected to bring the Spaniard in to cover against Mark Webber – ultimately cost him the crown when he became stuck in traffic for the rest of the race.
That allowed race winner Sebastian Vettel to overhaul Alonso and secure the championship for Red Bull Racing.
Ferrari's strategy in the race came under fire after it ended the year without any silverware once again, and Domenicali admitted that he considered standing down from the role he has held since 2008.
"After Abu Dhabi I raised the issue personally and I wondered if it was the right thing or not to stay," he told La Repubblica
. "I take it as a duty and I am not attached to my chair. But I came to the conclusion that stopping would be a mistake. I know the team and I think I'm the right person to capitalise on all that we have sown in recent months.
“From a methodological point of view, we have changed almost everything at Maranello and I am sure we will soon see the results of our hard work."
Domenicali added that, had F1 been any other sport, he might not have had the option of considering his own future.
"I know that people see me as the coach of Ferrari," he said. "But a team principal is something different. This is a business and I have to manage all the different aspects, not just the sporting ones. I take care of everything, so I delegate a lot, but saying that, you have to be ready for anything especially if there have not been the results you want for two years.
"But thank god it's not football! To rebuild in F1 takes months and years and from that point of view I have always felt a great support from the president and the shareholders."