Former Ferrari Team Boss Reportedly Set to Join Aston Martin F1

Published 04/13/2021, 12:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Aston Martin has made a comeback to the F1 grid after six decades. However, their much-awaited return has not been up to their expectations. The team faced gearbox issues during the preseason testing and seemed to have lost out on their performance compared to last season.

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The team is looking forward to making changes that could help them get back to their competitive self. A recent report states that Aston Martin will sign former Ferrari F1 team principal, Marco Mattiacci, who took over from Stefano Domenicali in 2014.

(L to R): Massimo Rivola (ITA) Ferrari Sporting Director; Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari; Marco Mattiacci (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal; Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari and members of the Ferrari and Marussia F1 Team show their support for Jules Bianchi. 12.10.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 16, Russian Grand Prix, Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia, Race Day.

Mattiacci was in Ferrari for just seven months and later joined the American electric car company, Faraday Future. He has a long-standing relationship with Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin’s boss, and will return to Formula 1 in the capacity of an advisor to Aston Martin.

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Who is Marco Mattiacci?

The Italian has extensive experience in the automotive industry. He started his career with Jaguar and was later hired by Ferrari. His work and results led him to the top of the management and he became the CEO of the Prancing Horse in America.

While he had a troublesome start to his motorsport career, he made his way from streetcars to Ferrari as Domenicali’s replacement. However, during his seven-month stint with the team, Ferrari had quite a bad season. They finished fourth place on the table and the two drivers at the time, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, also finished behind at P6 and P12, respectively.

Maurizio Arrivabene later replaced Mattiacci at Ferrari. However, before leaving the team, he took care of inducting Sebastian Vettel in the Maranello outfit, replacing Alonso.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

According to another report, “He [Marco Mattiacci] will take on the role of growth and development consultant for Lawrence Stroll’s team.”

The Italian businessman has significant experience in the automotive and the motorsports industry. Aston Martin will hope that Mattiacci’s association with their team will help guide them to the top of the midfield this season.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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