Meet the new boss (or not)
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