Formula 1 have to have not concern any Ferrari favoritism when the Italian team’s former manager Stefano Domenicali replaces Chase Carey as chief government in January, Purple Bull principal Christian Horner mentioned on Friday.
He was talking just before Formula One’s homeowners Liberty Media formally declared the Italian will acquire more than from Carey in January up coming calendar year.
The Italian will also be F1 president with Carey, who led the revamping of the activity next the 2017 ouster of former supremo Bernie Ecclestone, shifting to the posture of non-government chairman.
Talking to reporters at the Russian Grand Prix just before the announcement, Horner mentioned Domenicali’s appointment would be terrific for the activity.
“Obtaining competed against him when he was group principal of Ferrari he had a lot of integrity, he was a racer, a competitor, he understands the business,” mentioned Horner, now the sport’s longest-serving group manager.
Domenicali is chairman and chief government of Italian sportscar maker Lamborghini and also heads the governing FIA’s one-seater fee. He ran Ferrari from 2008-fourteen.
His appointment places Formula One’s three leading work in the palms of ex-Ferrari bosses. Jean Todt, whose time period expires up coming calendar year, is FIA president although former specialized director Ross Brawn is F1’s controlling director for motorsport.
“You seem at the make-up of the leading finish of the activity with Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and Stefano and it seems to be like a mid-nineties or early 2000 Formula 1 set up,” mentioned Horner.
“But I never feel there is certainly any particular bias or really like in the direction of Ferrari from any of individuals folks. I am guaranteed Stefano… will be scrupulous in his impartiality.”
Rival enthusiasts have long sensed a bias in the direction of the oldest, most glamorous and profitable group — cynically referring to the FIA in occasions long gone by as Ferrari International Support.
“I feel we are going to be in harmless palms with Stefano at the helm,” mentioned Mercedes specialized head James Allison, also an ex-Ferrari worker.
Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul mentioned the Italian, whose present-day Volkswagen Team-owned employer is not in Formula 1, realized what was required to guidance suppliers.
“He also is familiar with almost certainly why they are not in Formula 1,” added the Frenchman. “I guess he’s obtained an fascinating perspective to provide in relation to that.”
McLaren principal Andreas Seidl named the Italian “a terrific selection.” The group mentioned Domenicali was “the ideal individual to direct the activity into its new period.”