17 September 2013
Domenicali 'not at risk'
Stefano Domenicali isn't at risk of losing his role with Ferrari despite team being set to again miss out on F1 silverware
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has been assured that his future with the Scuderia isn't at risk, despite the fact that the Italian team appears to be heading towards another season without an F1 title.
Although Fernando Alonso has been a championship contender in recent years, Ferrari hasn't lifted an F1 title since winning the constructors' crown in 2008.
The desire to bring success back to Maranello can be seen not only in the signing of Raikkonen but in the work that has gone into strengthening's Ferrari's technical team, including the signing of Raikkonen's former colleague at Lotus, James Allison.
With that in mind, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo said he wasn't considering the possibility of replacing Domenicali, stating instead that the man in charge of the team on a daily basis was taking the right decisions to turn things around.
"Never, he would be missed,” di Montezemolo told Gazzetta dello Sport when asked if he would replace Domenicali. "He was the first to advocate the choice of Kimi. He has worked well, preparing for the future and now I expect to see results in the present. But, over the past three years, we have lost two world titles at the last race and it was not his fault.
"I've been around a long time, from the point eleven years on from Surtees' title. Then as president, with Schumacher and the Todt-Brawn-Byrne triumvirate, we created a golden era and now the team is ready to start winning again.
"The void since the Schumacher era was caused by delays on the simulation front and with the aerodynamics. However, in all but three years, Ferrari has always been in the title fight right to the last race.”
Di Montezemolo said he through the signing of Allison in particular was a sign of the way Ferrari was looking to improve.
"I am counting a lot on James Allison,” he said. “With him came the head of aerodynamics from Lotus and other new faces. Finally, we will have the creativity we were lacking. Allison knows the team and the men and he speaks Italian. Others wanted him, but he preferred us and his arrival will also bring a change in working methods in many areas.
"Looking to 2014, I would say that we can no longer afford to be the contender beaten in a photo-finish. I can't wait to be winning again. The time is now, believe me…"
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