Mattiacci axed as Ferrari team principal

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Ferrari have axed Marco Mattiacci as team principal after just seven months in the job.

Mattiacci was handed the role earlier this year, despite lacking any Formula One experience, after Stefano Domenicali resigned from his post following the team’s poor start to the season.

But after struggling to make an impact, and failing to hold on to star driver Fernando Alonso, he has been replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene, who has spent the last 27 years with tobacco giant Philip Morris.

“Throughout his time with Philip Morris, Maurizio Arrivabene has been closely involved in the partnership with Ferrari, both in Maranello and on the world’s racing circuits,” read a Ferrari statement.

“He has also represented all Formula One sponsors on the F1 commission since 2010.”

The Italian team have struggled in recent years and finished fourth in the constructors’ championship this season, behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams.

They will have four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel on board from 2015 after his defection from Red Bull.

Vettel will partner Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, with departing Alonso expected to move to McLaren.

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