Lewis Hamilton praised Formula 1’s decision to appoint Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO next year, calling it “amazing” news.
Hamilton welcomed the news, which was revealed by RaceFans on Tuesday, and officially announced during today’s second practice session.
“I know Stefano really well,” said Hamilton. “He’s one of the nicest guys.
“Actually, I don’t think they could have really chosen someone better, to be honest, to replace some big shoes that Chase [has]. He’s done an amazing job and has always had such a great approach.”
“I think Stefano has got a great heart, he’s got a good family and good morals,” Hamilton added. “The future’s positive.”
Many other figures in Formula 1 were quick to praise Domenicali’s appointment. Speaking before the news was made official, Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul said Domenicali “has plenty to offer in such a position” following his work at Ferrari and, more recently, Lamborghini’s road car division.
“He’s obviously got a very good knowledge of the sport itself, he’s got very good knowledge of how the sport can support the manufacturers. Lamborghini obviously [are] not in Formula 1, but he also knows, probably, why they are not in Formula 1. So I guess he’s got a different, interesting perspective to offer in relation to that.
McLaren issued a statement welcoming the news of Domenicali’s hiring and praising Carey’s management of the sport since his took over in 2017.
“McLaren Racing applauds Chase Carey for his leadership in bringing our sport to the cusp of a new, exciting, promising era,” it said. “In the three years he has been at the helm, the sport has been reinventing itself: it has embraced digital and social media and opened itself up to fans more than ever; it has new financial regulations including the all-important budget cap that begins next year; new technical and sporting regulations and a new Concorde Agreement to govern the sport for the future; and it has a new focus on sustainability and diversity as intrinsic elements of the sport’s growth and success.
“Second, the team embraces the decision to appoint Stefano Domenicali to the position of president and CEO of F1, and believes he is the right person to lead the sport into its new era. Stefano has a rounded view and broad experience at team, manufacturer, regulator, brand and senior leadership levels that equip him well to build on the strong foundations Chase and his team have laid for the sport’s continued development and growth.”
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