Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has quit the Italian F1 team with immediate effect, citing the Scuderia’s poor start to the season as his motivation for leaving.
Marco Mattiacci, currently president of Ferrari North America will replace the popular Domenicali in the team still dominated by Ferrari supremo Luca di Montezemolo from the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.
“There are particular moments in all of our professional lives where you need the courage to take difficult and very painful decisions.” said Domenicali in a statement.
“It’s time to make an important change. As boss, I take the responsibility – as I always have – for the situation we are going through. This decision has been taken with the aim of doing something to shake things up.”
Domenicali took control of the team after Jean Todt left the helm at the close of 2007, and despite a close call in 2010 the Italian team have failed to win a title since Kimi Raikkonen beat Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso to the 2007 crown.
“I thank Stefano Domenicali, not only for his constant dedication and effort, but also for the great sense of responsibility he has shown, even today, in always putting the interests of Ferrari above all else,” said Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo.