According to Auto Bild, the leading German automobile magazine based in Hamburg, Italian manager and current CEO of Italian sports car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali, could return to Maranello in order to replace Louis C. Camilleri as Ferrari’s CEO. Ferrari has continually denied that it was considering a major management reshuffle after its failed attempt to win the world championship in 2018, but earlier this week it was confirmed that Maurizio Arrivabene is to be replaced as team principal of the Ferrari Formula 1 team by its technical chief Mattia Binotto. Auto Bild now reports that John Elkann, who was appointed as chairman of Ferrari after Sergio Marchionne’s death, is searching for someone (F1-experienced), who can help mattia Binotto when it comes to dealing with the FIA/Liberty Media issues and negotiations.
Former Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal Stefano Domenicali left his role in 2014, accepting responsibility for the team’s woeful start to the Formula 1 season. At that time, Ferrari failed to manage a single podium finish in the opening three races despite having Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, with three world championships between them, as their drivers.
Stefano Domenicali, 53, joined Ferrari in 1991 and was earmarked as Jean Todt’s successor through the team’s enormously successful spell in the first half of the last decade. Although he won the constructors’ championship in 2008, from then on it was a case of underperforming cars interspersed with near misses. Fernando Alonso took the championship to the final race in 2010 and 2012, but the latter in particular was largely to the Spaniard’s credit rather than owing much to the quality of his machinery.
In March 2016 Stefano Domenicali was appointed CEO at Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.