Domenicali replaces Todt

Ferrari has announced that from January 1 2008 Stefano Domenicali will take on the role of Director of Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva, a position currently held - on an interim basis - by Jean Todt.

The team says that its new structure will feature Mario Almondo as the director of operations, Aldo Costa as the technical director and Gilles Simon as director of the engine department. There will be further details about how the structure will work before the end of the year.

It remains to be seen whether or not Todt will remain as the head of the Ferrari automobile company.

Domenicali is 42 and a native of Imola. He is a graduate of economics and commerce at the University of Bologna, he joined Ferrari after graduating in 1991 and worked in the company's finance division and oversaw the rebuilding of the Mugello rtace circuit near Florence. In 1995 he was put in charge of human resources in the Sporting Department at Maranello but then became involved in the marketing of the team for a year before being named team manager at the end of 1996. In 2001 he was briefly moved to a logistical role but returned to the position of sporting director of the F1 team in 2002.

Todt said in the summer that he was "not at all prepared to retire" but it remains to be seen what role, if any, he will have in the team.

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