Ex-Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has denied he is being lined up to return and replace Mattia Binotto as Scuderia team principal.
Domenicali, currently the CEO of Lamborghini and still an F1 paddock regular in a media capacity, has never been able to fully escape the Ferrari rumours ever since leaving the team in April 2014.
With some quarters of the Formula 1 world not fully convinced over Binotto’s ability to lead the team following Maurizio Arrivabene’s exit, Domenicali is usually number one on the list to replace him.
But the 54-year-old has said that is simply not the case, even though he does stay in contact with Ferrari chairman John Elkann.
“As soon as you talk about Ferrari, there are rumours that are impossible to control,” Domenicali told Corriere dello Sport.
“I have known Elkann for years and Ferrari for a lifetime, so of course we talk to each other.
“But the hypothesis of returning to Maranello remains gossip without foundation.”
Domenicali went on to say he felt Binotto has adapted to his new role very well and in a relatively short space of time.
He added: “I am convinced that he did a good job both as technical director and as team principal, in a role where he learned quickly and demonstrated skill and balance.
“A lot of energy was spent last year on the management of the drivers, but the team only now needs a competitive car. All other problems are not so important.”
Domenicali also ruled out becoming the new boss of Liberty Media or the FIA.
He said: “It is true that I am chairman of the FIA commission for single seaters and that I remain an enthusiast of F1, but I am staying where I am.”