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Podcasts: F1 2016 review, plus career retrospective with Will Buxton

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NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton checked in with The Marshall Pruett Podcast for a two-part episode, one chronicling his career retrospective and rise to his current position, the other focusing on the 2016 season as a whole.

We’ll let Buxton speak for himself on his career rise. Meanwhile, here’s a few interesting selected quotes from his recap of the 2016 season:

On Nico Rosberg’s World Championship victory, then retirement:

“Think of how much more he’d have to put into winning it… it’s actually pretty huge. The self-induced pressure he put on himself to come good. The fact is, he did it. I don’t know many of us age 30-whatever, who’ve achieved everything we want in our life. How many of us would walk off into the sunset? Probably all of us.

“Rosberg can retire saying in his last 7 seasons, in 4 of them he beat his teammate, was Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. You can’t say the guy isn’t handy in a racing car. It’s fairly tidy.

“I’m disappointed he’s not coming back to defend it. He was a guy cocooned in his own pressure. I’d hope he’d have broken out of the cocoon to become a beautiful butterfly. We’ll never get to see that. That’s the great sadness; not knowing what might have been beyond.”

On “The Max Verstappen Rule” and Ferrari’s 2016 woes:

“It’s a shame it became known as the ‘Verstappen Rule.’ It was merely a clarification… for one, he never exceeded the regulations. Sebastian Vettel was found guilty. Max drove really well, but still has a lot to learn.

“Ferrari… They’re so scared of defeat, they’ve forgotten how to win. (on Seb) His dream of doing the Michael at Ferrari is fading away.”

On Felipe Massa’s magical moment in Brazil and (in theory) retirement:

“We were all in pieces. It was chucking down with rain… but that’s just as well. You couldn’t tell what was rain and what was tears.”

On Stoffel Vandoorne’s stellar debut in Bahrain:

“It was not a points-scoring car… he read the manual on the plane from Japan to Bahrain. The kid’s magic!”

Career Retrospective

2016 Season Review

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”