Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has never shied away from uttering statements suggesting that an axe is about to fall at Maranello, and his latest claim could be seen as signalling the end for current team principal Stefano Domenicali.

With the Scuderia struggling to match the pace of any of the Mercedes-powered cars over the first three races of the 2014 F1 campaign, Montezemolo's frustration appeared to reach new heights during the opening of a new wing of the Ferrari museum in Maranello. Insisting that he would not avoid taking drastic action in order to turn the team's fortunes around, the Italian's comments have been taken as a threat to Domenicali's tenure at the head of operations.

"I already know what you want to ask," Montezemolo was quoted as telling journalists, "I would say to you that I will leave no stone unturned to get to where we need to be. We'll work day and night to improve, and we'll take the decisions that we need to take."

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