Maurizio Arrivabene replaces Marco Mattiacci as Ferrari team principal

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Ferrari’s year of change continues even after the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi, with confirmation Monday that Marco Mattiacci’s brief tenure as team principal has come to an end.

Maurizio Arrivabene, a longtime Marlboro man, will replace Mattiacci as both team principal for the F1 team and as managing director of Gestione Sportiva.

Arrivabene’s career was primarily with Philip Morris, Marlboro’s parent company, which he joined in 1997. So he’s well versed in the Ferrari culture as the company has been Ferrari’s longtime sponsor – even if Marlboro itself cannot be publicly displayed on the cars anymore.

Arrivabene has served as Vice President of Marlboro Global Communication & Promotions for Philip Morris International, and Vice President Consumer Channel Strategy and Event Marketing in the company.

“We decided to appoint Maurizio Arrivabene because, at this historic moment in time for the Scuderia and for Formula 1, we need a person with a thorough understanding not just of Ferrari but also of the governance mechanisms and requirements of the sport,” Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne said in a release.

“Maurizio has a unique wealth of knowledge: he has been extremely close to the Scuderia for years and, as a member of the F1 Commission, is also keenly aware of the challenges we are facing. He has been a constant source of innovative ideas focused on revitalisation of Formula One. His managerial experience on a highly complex and closely regulated market is also of great importance, and will help him manage and motivate the team. I am delighted to have been able to secure his leadership for our racing activities.”

“We would also like to thank Marco Mattiacci for his service to Ferrari in the last 15 years and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” Marchionne added.

It’s the latest change in a year where Mattiacci has come in and now been replaced, where Fernando Alonso has finally left the team, and where Luca di Montezemolo is the outgoing president.

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Mattiacci (center) now out. Photo: AP

Rumors of a Ross Brawn return to the team, which also popped up over the weekend, haven’t gone away in lieu of this news. Per NBCSN’s F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, arrangements still could be made for Brawn to come back part-time:

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.