The news was confirmed last weekend: Stefano Domenicali is the new CEO of Formula 1. Chase Carey is going to take a step back, but now it appears that the former Ferrari team boss was not the only contender. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was also asked for the position, but was thwarted by Ferrari.
Carey has been working as CEO of Formula 1 since 2017, but this period is now coming to an end. The Irishman will be succeeded by the Italian Domenicali, who was already in the paddock between 2008 and 2014 as Ferrari’s team principal. He has also worked for Audi and was CEO of Lamborghini. The Italian has a lot of experience in his pocket, both within Formula 1 and beyond. From an interview with Sky Sports F1 However, it appears that Formula 1 also had a crush on Toto Wolff as the new CEO. The talks have never reached an advanced stage, as Ferrari did not like this.
“I was in a difficult position because Liberty Media made me think about it. But I realized that I love the stopwatch and the competition too much,” said Wolff. “If you’re in that role [van CEO, red.] then that is a completely different playing field. But pursuing all those thoughts made little sense, as Ferrari made their position clear: ‘No, we will use our veto for that’. That’s why talks stopped early, “explains the Mercedes team boss. Wolff believes the Scuderia is also entitled to this position and is okay with the situation.
The Austrian’s future has been speculated for some time, but he still seems to be completely delighted at Mercedes. “I am very happy with my role and I don’t dream about anything else. I have a dream relationship with Mercedes and I think we can develop the company into more than just a Formula 1 team, without forgetting where our priorities are,” said Wolff. Is there still more to come for the team chief at Mercedes?
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Ferrari, in turn, is of course completely happy with a former team boss to replace Carey. Wolff lets you know no hard feelings against Domenicali or the Scuderia. “Stefano is a fantastic man, he has a strong personality and his integrity is above all else. He has seen racing from all sides. He is probably the best person to drive Formula 1,” concludes the 48-year-old Austrian.
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