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The strong man at Ferrari is called Marchionne: Veto against Montezemolo

The strong man at Ferrari is called Marchionne
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E ines has not changed at Ferrari. The President floats in by helicopter for the traditional Christmas address. This is how the old Capo Luca di Montezemolo arrived, and so is his successor Sergio Marchionne. With the difference that he was 27 minutes late. 'We had fog in Turin,' apologized the corporate executive. Then Ferrari's new strong man quickly made it clear that he wanted to clean up everything that was before. Never before in history has a Formula 1 team been as turned inside out as Ferrari has been in the last six months. Marchionne thanked the old staff, but also let it be known that they had run into a dead end.

Marchionne is pushing for reforms in the Formula 1 regulations

Marchionne is alien to pathos. Unlike its predecessor, it does not conjure up the Ferrari myth, but has a pragmatic approach. Ferrari has to do what Mercedes has shown. There's no point in just polishing your own halo and giving people unrealistic hopes. Marchionne's answers are short and sweet. Why did he nominate Maurizio Arrivabene as the new team boss? 'Arrivabene knows Ferrari, the business and all the important people in Formula 1. His predecessor Mattiacci still had to learn all of this. If you have to set up a new team on the side, that's one task too many.' Then he allowed himself a little play on words: 'I hope Arrivabene doesn't become Arrivamale.'

At the press conference in Maranello, Marchionne also quickly made it clear who's the boss. He determined which questions were meant for him and which were for his general on the team. The big Formula 1 politics is a top priority. That is why Marchionne took the time in December to make two trips to Geneva for the strategy group meeting. To hit the plaster there hard. The 62-year-old Italian demands a rule reform: 'The regulations are too complicated. It seems to me that they were written by someone who had had a few too many drinks at the bar. Rules must be formulated in such a way that everyone understands them.'

Montezemolo's role is limited

Ferrari supports a major rule reform for 2016. The engine bosses must have one by the end of January Propose how to invent a format based on the current engine concept that fans will like again. Motto: stronger, louder, cheaper. FIA race director CharlieWhiting has to work out his nine-point savings plan in such a way that all teams accept him. Marchionne urges us to hurry: 'We have to get the whole thing done by March. Because a majority can only decide until then. After that it will be difficult to change something.'

Experienced with a slight discomfort Marchionne that his predecessor Luca di Montezemolo is now sitting with him on the board of directors of Formula 1 management. What the Fiat boss doesn't exactly welcome, but also can't change: 'We only have a right of veto for the position of managing director. And his name is Bernie Ecclestone.'

Montezemolo should, however, at Ecclestone's request and CVC will play an active role in the future. Conspiracy theorists speculate that the old Ferrari president could make politics against his former employer. Marchionne reassured: 'Lucas role in Formula 1 management is limited. If he were proposed for the office of managing director, we would exercise our veto.'


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