Italian manager, CEO of Italian sports car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A and former Scuderia Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has recently admitted that he is crossing his fingers for the Maranello team to win the 2017 Formula One championship and thus put an end their decade-long title drought this year.
The Italian was Scuderia Ferrari team principal for six years until 2014, and as of 15 March 2016 has been named President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. Red Bull boss Christian Horner has linked Lamborghini with a future move into Formula One, and Stefano Domenicali agrees that the Italian brand is for the moment not ready for the ultra-modern technology of Formula E: “Our priority is the technologies we already have. I do not see this step in the short term for any super sport brand but above all us. Formula E is interesting to many manufacturers but I think it’s also complementary to traditional motor sport.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s former team principal said, as reported by Italy’s Autosprint on Wednesday.
As for the current Formula 1 season, Stefano Domenicali said that he is very happy to see his old team Ferrari doing so well in 2017 and being able to to successfully challenge rivals Mercedes after several years marked by disappointing results: “I see a much more interesting season than the last, with a totally open championship that can be decided in the last race. And as an Italian, I really hope we get to the end with a result that repays the great passion surrounding Ferrari in our country.” – the Italian manager added.
Stefano Domenicali, who also doubles as the head of the FIA’s single-seater commission, was asked to comment on the controversial Halo innovation for the 2018 Formula One season, and said: “The federation is right to put safety first. I recall many innovations that had a negative public reaction, but I don’t think anyone can question the usefulness, while the aesthetic issue will soon be forgotten.” – the former Ferrari Formula One team boss concluded, as reported by Autosprint.
The Maranello team is currently 39 points behind leaders Mercedes in the Formula 1 Driver Standings, ahed of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.