F1 is 'ferrarized'

The political board leans towards Maranello with the appointment of Domenicali. Todt and Brawn, the other two key figures.


Politics is a key factor in Formula 1. On the grid, Toto Wolff is one of the most influential men: Mercedes competition director, driver manager, Aston Martin shareholder and engine supplier, also to McLaren and Williams . Nobody in the paddock is aware that in the World Cup the wind sometimes blows for or against, and that dispatches pave the way or complicate aspirations. Well, those offices where the most important decisions about the future of the championship will be made from 2021 will have a common denominator: red.

Stefano Domenicali will replace Chase Carey, Liberty Media's strongman as CEO and president of F1. Ross Brawn already serves as F1 director on the circuits and Jean Todt is the president of the FIA. The last two were protagonists and responsible for the greatest time of Ferrari together with Michael Schumacher, one as technical director and the other as 'main team'. The first happened and he led the Maranello team between 2008 and 2014, winning a Constructors' World Cup. Italian, 55, studied at the University of Bologna and has worked for Lamborghini, Audi, Volkswagen or the FIA since he left the Great Circus.

Now they are independent and impartial, it should be emphasized, in fact Brawn was one of the architects of the great Brackley team that today is Mercedes. But the dregs remain and Wolff was dismissed as the sport's executive director because of his close ties with a competitor, which would prevent him from representing the entire grid. Toto left a message when he valued the appointment of Domenicali: "It can be a fantastic choice, he will lead F1 with integrity. He will also try everything he can to slow us down. It is part of the game."For Cyril Abiteboul, Renault boss, the news is positive: "Apart from the obvious, he has a great knowledge of the sport, of how to support a manufacturer. Lamborghini was not in F1 and he probably knows why they were not. He has one. different perspective to offer. " "You need a strong leadership, there are many issues to deal with and we need someone committed and strong with a great strong group around," says the Frenchman. Domenicali is a personal friend of Luca de Meo, CEO of the French manufacturer. As for Andreas Seidl, from McLaren: "Stefano is a great choice for a number of reasons. He has a lot of experience and also a great personality ".

Binotto, at the helm of Ferrari, was much more expressive: "He is the perfect choice to continue with Carey's reforms due to his knowledge of the sport, his experience and his personal qualities. It will be a pleasure to work with a good friend, we progress together in this I am looking forward to working with him and the rest of the owners to make Formula 1 an even stronger and more spectacular sport. " Perhaps now that long-awaited tailwind will arrive in Maranello.

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