Stefano Domenicali has hit back at claims he is under pressure as team principal of Ferrari.
The Italian is charged with the job of taking the most famous name in the sport back to the top, as they have enjoyed a season with little success this year for the first time since the mid-nineties. But he told Ferrari sponsor Shell that his job was no more difficult than usual now.
“I’ve been team principal since a couple of years and the pressure as you can imagine has been very high since the first day,” said Domenicali.
“But I’ve been in Ferrari for almost 20 years so I know what it is all about. And people in life have a very short memory, but this is part of the game. I am really not very worried about the fact that when you have a bad start, of course immediately people think, ‘look the team hasn’t performed very well so the team boss is not performing well.'”
The man who answers to Luca di Montezemolo went on to subtly remind his audience that he himself was a key constiuent part of Ferrari’s successful years.
“This is part of the game, this is part of the challenge that a manager has to take on board. You don’t have to think that you’re a star when you win the championship as we did, and as I did, in the past.
“I don’t feel negative if I don’t win. I feel a great challenge to come up with my team – of which I’m very proud – to make sure that we have the best approach, the best spirit to react. This is the challenge that I personally have and that I want to transfer to all the people that are working with me.”
Meanwhile, speculation has continued to surround Kimi Raikkonen’s future at the team. Rumours abound that the Finn will leave the team at the end of the year, most probably to retire from the sport.