Fer­rari tur­moil con­tin­ues as team chief sacked

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

The axe falls at Fer­rari as newly in­stalled boss Marco Mat­ti­acci gets his march­ing or­ders

Fer­rari’s year of revo­lu­tion turned bloody at the end of the sea­son when a mat­ter of days after they an­nounced they had signed Se­bas­tian Vet­tel to re­place the de­part­ing Fer­nando Alonso, they sacked team prin­ci­pal Marco Mat­ti­acci.

Only seven months after be­ing moved to the po­si­tion from his for­mer role as head of Fer­rari North Amer­ica, 43-year-old Mat­ti­acci has been dis­missed and re­placed by Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene, the for­mer vice-pres­i­dent of global com­mu­ni­ca­tions at ti­tle spon­sor Philip Mor­ris.

Fer­rari have not ex­plained what prompted them to re­place Mat­ti­acci after such a short ten­ure but a let­ter writ­ten by new pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mar­chionne to all staff at Fer­rari’s rac­ing depart­ment, the Ges­tione Sportive, gave some in­di­ca­tion. This talked about Ar­riv­abene’s “thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of gov­er­nance me­chan­ics and re­quire­ments of the sport, the level of com­pe­ti­tion and the re­quire­ments of the cir­cuit”.

That sug­gests Mar­chionne felt Mat­ti­acci was not per­form­ing ef­fec­tively in key decision mak­ing cir­cles, such as the strat­egy group and F1 Com­mis­sion (of which Ar­riv­abene has been a mem­ber for some years). This may par­tic­u­larly be to do with the fail­ure to se­cure any de­ci­sions in favour of Fer­rari on en­gine de­vel­op­ment. How­ever, that does not ex­plain why Mat­ti­acci – for­merly a pro­tege of Mar­chionne and Fiat pres­i­dent John Elkann – has left Fer­rari en­tirely.

The let­ter added: “In Mau­r­izio, I see the qual­i­ties of some­one who leads by his strong per­sonal ex­am­ple, his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and the in­tegrity of his de­ci­sions.”

What­ever prompted the move, it leaves Fer­rari look­ing like a team in tur­moil just as they wel­come the man on whom they have pinned their hopes of fu­ture suc­cess.

The an­nounce­ment that Vet­tel was join­ing had been awaited ever since Red Bull an­nounced at the Ja­panese Grand Prix that he was leav­ing. Fer­rari moved for Vet­tel as soon as it be­came clear that Alonso wanted to leave, con­sum­mat­ing a long love af­fair as part of which it had been agreed some years ago that Vet­tel would join Fer­rari when he left Red Bull.

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