Worked in Italian industry and commerce before joining Ferrari in 1991, initially working in the company administration, including internal liaison with Fiat. He then moved to the administration of the racing team and at the same time was put in charge of the development of the Mugello test track. Once that task finished in 1995 Domenicali was appointed head of the personnel department of Ferrari's sporting department and in 1996 took on the additional role of sponsorship liaison as well. In December 1996 he was appointed team manager when Claudio Berro was moved across to be in charge of the team's media activities. He remained in that role until January 2001 when he was moved to a new role as logistics manager but in 2002 he was back in a major role as the team's sporting director, looking after all the liaison between the team and the racing authorities.