Stefano Domenicali — My route to the top of Formula 1

Having started his career in Ferrari’s financial department, Stefano Domenicali has gone on to be a world championship-winning team boss, a spy hunter, a scapegoat, a supercar supremo and now takes on perhaps the toughest challenge of all – leading Formula 1 into a new generation. Adam Cooper meets the F1 CEO to talk about his route to the top

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At the start of this year Stefano Domenicali joined the Formula 1 organisation as its new CEO, and is only its third ever top man after Bernie Ecclestone and Chase Carey.

The Italian brings with him an impressive CV and depth of experience gained in racing and the wider motor industry, and along the way he’s soaked up knowledge and sharpened his leadership skills.

What hasn’t changed is the upbeat personality that helped to ensure that he was a universally popular choice as successor to the efficient but dour Carey. Domenicali is a glass-half-full guy; his default setting a welcoming smile. The 56-year-old possesses a ready charm that came in very useful when as Ferrari team manager he had to resolve the latest controversy with the stewards.