Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari s new team principal who has just taken over from Ferrari CEO Jan Todt, has pledged not to change his approach to F1 and has made it clear that the team is more valuable than any stars .
“So far, I have found this role to be a great challenge,â€ Domenicali began. “I feel a sense of responsibility and I am aware that I am team principal of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, which is something special. But I am trying to work without changing my approach from the way I managed my previous role in the team that means a lot of dedication, a lot of attention to detail, and to the people.
“I know the people that I work with very well and I know I can count on them. The most important thing is that we are a team there are no stars; we do not need stars.
“Our team is complimentary and that is one of our strengths that we need to maintain. I have to be sure the right people are in the right positions and that they can operate in the best way possible.
“My target is simply to do a good job I am concentrating entirely on that. I am interested in delivering results. I have a huge responsibility because my boss and Jean Todt is still my boss has achieved so much that it will not be so easy for me.
“Of course I will ask for his advice. I would not have the arrogance to say that I don t want to listen to anyone, especially someone like Jean Todt who has so much experience. I will discuss many matters with him and I will not be shy about asking for advice if I feel the need this is a strength for the team, not a weakness.â€
Domenicali has also made it clear that despite Kimi Raikkonen being the current Formula 1 world champion, he will not be treated any differently to his team-mate Felipe Massa.
“As far as the drivers are concerned, the fact that Kimi is now world champion does not change our approach to them,â€ he continued. “Our drivers are really great and we are very happy to have them both very professional, if also very different in character. But we have our own rules that are pretty clear and they will start with the same opportunities, with what happens on the track deciding who is fastest.â€