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Stefano Domenicali To Head Ferrari Formula 1 Team

Stefano Domenicali To Head Ferrari Formula One Team

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Ferrari has announced the Stefano Domenicali will assume the role of Director of the Gestione Sportiva, the formal name for the Ferrari Formula One Team, from Jean Todt on 1 January 2008.

Other changes in the Ferrari Formula One Team see Mario Almondo appointed as Operations Director, Aldo Costa is the new Technical Director and Gilles Simon heads the Formula One Engine Department.

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Jean Todt, who joined the Ferrari Formula One Team in 1993 and added the role of Ferrari CEO to his motorsport role in 2006, will remain with Ferrari in a senior executive role. The combination of Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher, who joined Ferrari three years after Jean Todt, produced what one of the most successful periods for Ferrari, with Todt ending his period as head of the world's most successful motorsport team with both the drivers' and manufacturers' titles secured by Ferrari.

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Born in France in 1946, Jean Todt started his motorsport career in rallying, culminating in a second place in the 1981 World Rally Championship as navigator to Guy Frequelin, who went on to head the Citroën Motorsport Team, and who announced his retirement last week. Moving into motorsport management, he masterminded Peugeot's success in the World Rally Championship, Rally Raid and Sports Car Racing, including winning Le Mans with a team including Australian Geoff Brabham in 1993. The French Government recognized his achievements in motorsport by appointing him as Chevalier of its Legion d'Honneur and raised this honour to rank of Grand officer this year.

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Stefano Domenicali joined Ferrari in 1991, working in company administration. He joined then the racing team in administration and he headed the development of the team's Mugello test track. In 1995, he was appointed head of personnel in Ferrari's sporting department and was also involved with sponsorship, before being promoted in late 1996 to Team Manager. After a brief stint as Logistics Manager, he became the team's Sporting Director in 2002.


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