14 April 2014 Last updated at 12:44
Ferrari: Stefano Domenicali quits as boss of F1 team
Stefano Domenicali has resigned as the team principal of Ferrari with immediate effect.
The Italian team have struggled this season, failing to register a podium finish in the opening three races.
Domenicali, 48, who will be replaced by Marco Mattiacci, had been in charge since replacing Jean Todt in 2008.
2014 contructors' standings
- 1. Mercedes 111
- 2. Force India 44
- 3. McLaren 43
- 4. Red Bull 35
- 5. Ferrari 33
"There are particular moments in all of our professional lives where you need the courage to take difficult and very painful decisions," said Domenicali.
"It's time to make an important change. As boss, I take the responsibility - as I always have - for the situation we are going through."
Ferrari have not won the world title since Kimi Raikkonen's success in 2007.
Domenicali, who had been with the Italian team for 23 years in various roles, added: "This decision has been taken with the aim of doing something to shake things up."
Fernando Alonso has claimed two fourth places and a ninth in his three races for Ferrari so far this season, while team-mate Raikkonen has come seventh, 12th and 10th.
Alonso revealed his concerns at Ferrari's lack of competitiveness following the last race in Bahrain, and the team's predicament was not helped when issues with their car meant that they had to abandon testing at the same track early.
"I thank Stefano Domenicali, not only for his constant dedication and effort, but also for the great sense of responsibility he has shown, even today, in always putting the interests of Ferrari above all else," said Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo.
Mattiacci, who is the current president of Ferrari North America, will take over for the next F1 race, which is the Chinese Grand Prix on 20 April.
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