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F1: Mattiacci ‘100 times more motivated’ than in China

Marco Mattiacci says he is “100 times more motivated” to succeed as Ferrari team principal than when he started at the F1 team in China
Marco Mattiacci says he is “100 times more motivated” to succeed as Ferrari team principal than when he started in the role in China.

With former team principal Stefano Domenicali resigning from the role after the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mattiacci was brought in during the build-up to the Chinese Grand Prix. With 100 days having passed since his appointment, Mattiacci was asked by the official Formula One website if he would still have taken the role if he knew what he knows now, to which he replied: “For sure.

“I am so much more motivated. I've always been 'parachuted in'. In my very brief career journey, overall every two to three years I've always been called in to what is called a 'difficult situation' in order to turn it around. So I am happy that the company is keeping me in that kind of responsibility.

“I am so excited. The more I receive criticism, the more my team receives criticism, that's like an energy recovery system - we get more motivation out of it! Every day I get more motivation so I am 100 times more motivated than when I started the job in China.”

And Mattiacci added that he feels the team is “starting from a very solid platform” as he looks to return Ferrari to winning ways.

“We have a very clear strategy and a very clear timeline. Like all serious managers you have to try to do the utmost to shorten this scenario. But Formula One is not soccer. It's not a case of changing one or two players and the coach and the next season you are winning.

“This is a very competitive environment with the most sophisticated engineering in the world and with great talents to contribute to it. We know that we have a lot of work to do, but we are starting from a very solid platform. I have found incredible assets in this company. We have the most talented couple of drivers, we have a tradition of over 60 years, and an impressive obsession to come back and win.”

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August 31, 2014 12:21 PM

The recently disclosed faux pax of expecting an intentionally compact-sized 2014 power unit to achieve competitive F1 parity when paired with unattainable aerodynamic improvements shows the hole that Ferrari allowed earlier officials to dig for the team. But I think that there have been enough clear signals of course-correction with hard analyses, zeal and excellent recruiting for optimism about 2015. F1 needs a healthy, innovative and competitive team Ferrari and I, for one, am always glad to see them on the grid. Meanwhile, Fernando and (one hopes) Kimi will do all that anyone can to make things exciting with those inferior cars over the next 7 races.

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