Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says Stefano Domenicali has put the team's interests in front of his own by stepping down as team principal.

It was confirmed on Monday that Domenicali has resigned from the role, with Marco Mattiacci replacing him with immediate effect. Domenicali said he had taken the decision in order to give Ferrari a "jolt" in the hope of the team returning to the front of the grid once again, and Montezemolo said it was a selfless act.

"I thank Stefano Domenicali, not only for his ongoing contribution and commitment, but for the great sense of responsibility that he has demonstrated today by prefixing his own interests to that of Ferrari," Montezemolo said.

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"I have respect and affection for Domenicali; I have seen him grow professionally in these twenty-three years of working together and for that I wish him every success in his future."

Ferrari has not won a drivers' championship since 2007 or a constructors' title since 2008, and is currently on a run of 17 races without a victory stretching back to the Spanish Grand Prix last year.