Meet the new boss (or not)

F1 Racing - - THE FEATURES - James Roberts

about Fer­rari’s new team prin­ci­pal when his iden­tity was un­veiled dur­ing the week of the Chi­nese Grand Prix. But it was Fer­nando Alonso’s re­sponse that was most sur­pris­ing.

Asked whether he had spo­ken to the new man, Marco Mat­ti­acci, in the week of his ap­point­ment, Alonso said he hadn’t, and added: “I don’t know if he’s com­ing here [to China].” He then said that he’d spent most of the week talk­ing to the out­go­ing head of the Ges­tione Sportiva, Ste­fano Domeni­cali.

If that was hardly a ring­ing en­dorse­ment, Alonso then pro­ceeded to give Mat­ti­acci the cold shoul­der as they left the garage af­ter FP3 on Satur­day morn­ing. Mat­ti­acci moved to­wards him, only for Alonso to be dis­tracted by some­thing on his mo­bile and drop back. In this case, ac­tions spoke louder than words...

Kimi Räikkö­nen then dead­panned that he couldn’t re­mem­ber whether he’d met Mat­ti­acci in the past or not. Pho­tos emerged soon af­ter to serve as a re­minder: he had.

Mat­ti­acci, a man with no For­mula 1 ex­pe­ri­ence, needs to win the re­spect of his driv­ers quickly, or he’ll strug­gle to ex­ert any author­ity over his team.

Nat­u­rally there were ques­tions

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