Chase Carey says that, while Stefano Domenicali was the only man offered the job, the search for his replacement was “very broad.”
It was confirmed in late September that Domenicali will replace Carey as President and CEO of Formula 1 at the end of the 2020 season.
After the announcement, Carey stated that the former Ferrari boss was someone who “jumped out right away” as a strong candidate. That being said, he apparently wasn’t the only option looked at.
“We went through a very broad search, looking at a complete range from A to Z of candidates,” Carey said on the Beyond the Grid podcast.
“I came into this as an outsider, and I think there was some value in coming into the sport as an outsider because I felt it needed significant change and fresh perspectives, a different set of perspectives.
“Going forward now, what we felt was right, we wanted somebody who can maintain the momentum and continue to build on what we think we’ve put in place to grow the sport.
“One of the important things Stefano brings is a deep knowledge of not just the sport and the competition on-track, but the players in the sport, and therefore I think he can hit the ground running in terms of taking things forward.”
That being said, Domenicali was the only man they considered seriously enough to offer the role to.
It’s rumoured that both Toto Wolff and Christian Horner were also contenders, but Carey doesn’t want to get into specifics about who else was in the picture.
“We went through a search of looking at a range of people across the board,” he added.
“I’m really not going to comment on and don’t think it’s appropriate to comment on who we considered. We only made one offer, and that offer was to Stefano, and we’re thrilled to have him in place.”
Despite his previous ties to Ferrari, the appointment of Domenicali has been a hugely popular one throughout the sport, with many stating that, both personally and professionally, he’s the right man for the job.
Carey feels the same, singling out his replacement’s calm and composed persona.
“Stefano brings a unique personality to this, somebody that has great respect,” he said.
“Sometimes I feel that this role you’re sitting in the eye of a storm, with a lot of partners circling around. I think he brings a balance, and an even-keeled personality to navigate through what at times can be a very noisy situation.”