Alonso: New boss Mattiacci needs time
17 April 2014 – Fernando Alonso is hoping that Marco Mattiacci will be given sufficient time to adapt to his new role as Team Principal of the Ferrari Formula 1 outfit, following the Italian's promotion earlier this week.
Former team boss Stefano Domenicali tendered his resignation on Monday after a challenging start to the 2014 campaign, with Mattiacci, head of the famous marque's North American arm, stepping up to replace him.
Speaking in Thursday's pre-Grand Prix press conference at the Shanghai circuit, Alonso stated that it is "too early" to make a judgment over the promotion of Mattiacci, whom the Spaniard has not yet spoken to.
"I think we need to give him time and see how he settles down," said Alonso when questioned over the matter.
"It's too early to say if he will be very good or very bad. I think we need to make sure that he has all the facilities ready, all the technical stuff ready, all the team behind him and try to help to settle down as fast as possible.
"As I said, we are really hoping that he will be a successful manager of the team. Everyone is looking forward."
When asked about his first planned meeting with Mattiacci, the two-time World Champion explained: "I don't know if he's coming here [to the Chinese Grand Prix] – I guess so – so that would be a good time to welcome him."
Alonso also spared a thought for Domenicali, who he praised for making a "very responsible" decision.
"Stefano decided he was probably not in the mood to continue anymore," Alonso continued.
"It is not easy when you have a very privileged position in an F1 team to step back and say maybe it is better to move. He did, for Ferrari's interest. That is something we cannot forget. We have to respect that decision."