Domenicali happy he’s not involved in title fight

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Stefano Domenicali in Monza. Italy September 2021

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali at the Italian Grand Prix. Italy September 2021

Stefano Domenicali says the 2021 title fight is producing “incredible” tension – and is happy he is not directly involved in it himself. 

One of the closest championship battles in the sport’s recent history is taking place this year with Red Bull and Max Verstappen going head to head with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton.

Domenicali was involved in a fair few himself during his time with Ferrari, including three when he was team principal in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Now the CEO of Formula 1, he is very happy he can experience this title fight as an outsider and not feel the pressure it brings.

“You know what is beautiful because you don’t feel the pressure I’m sure both Lewis and Max [are] feeling behind the visor and also Toto [Wolff] and Christian [Horner], when they are acting as team principal,” the Italian told CNN.

“It is great because they are putting on a great show for the people. The limit is getting higher and higher. And the more we go up to the end of the season…there’s a sporting fight at the maximum intensity, not only for them but also for the team.”

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It has been far from a clean battle between Verstappen and Hamilton, with the two coming together dramatically at both Silverstone and Monza.

Domenicali feels it was caused by the fact both drivers are at their very limit, and says their on-track battles produce incredible tension and will hopefully do so until the last round in Abu Dhabi.



“The situation that happened at Monza was related to the fact both were in a position where if everything was perfectly done, it was not there. So everyone is pushed up to the limit. It would be interesting to see, hopefully, up to the last race,” he added.

“The good thing is that every time they would be close, everyone will try to think what the others are thinking – ‘who is stronger? Do I need to give up or not?’ That’s incredible in terms of tension.”