When Luca Montezemolo uttered the phrase "Ferrari will take whatever decisions are needed" on Friday, you know someone was going to bleed red.
Today, being the honorable man he is, Stefano Domenicali sacrificed himself and "resigned". The role of team principal will be taken up, effective immediately by Marco Mattiacci.
While many tifosi, Italian and particularly Spanish, have been clamoring for his head for a while, the trouble of the team cannot be traced to a single man. The role of team principal is one of management and as Ferrari's choice of replacement hints, one of politics within the sport.
Mattiacci's next assignment was to open up the Chinese market for Ferrari, something he accomplished with huge success.
Up until yesterday, he was CEO if Ferrari North America. under his tenure sales increased 20 percent.
Mattiacci has no racing experience but has been a fixture at Ferrari Challenge and Corse Clienti events in North America. Ferrari' and FIAT's top management is clearly behind him and his tenure with the Scuderia will most likely seen with an eye towards stepping into Montezemolo's shoes when the current president of Ferrari.
We are sorry to see Domenicali go, he was one of the nice guys in F1 and worked his way up from nothing to one of the best jobs in the sport, we wish him luck on his next venture.
Best wishes also to Marco Mattiacci, his this Ferrari challenge will be his most difficult yet.