Lambo boss ‘to jump ship to Audi, replaced by ex-Ferrari F1 chief’

Published: 16 December 2015 Updated: 16 December 2015

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After 14 years in charge, Stephan Winkelmann will reportedly step down as CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, it has emerged. His successor? Stefano Domenicali, the former Ferrari F1 team manager who joined Audi in 2014.

In Ingolstadt, Domenicali worked officially on new mobility systems. Unofficially, he was being lined up to oversee Audi’s F1 activities which were intended to kick off in sync with the next rule change. Although Audi has stayed mum on F1 in the wake of #Dieselgate, Domenicali is believed to remain the brand’s key FIA lobbyist.

The positions of engineering director and team manager have yet to be filled.

What will happen to Stephan Winkelmann?

CAR understands that Winkelmann has been offered a role running Audi’s Quattro division based in Neckarsulm, Germany. In his new position, he would replace Heinz Hollerweger, who will retire.

A spokeswoman for Lamborghini was unavailable to comment at the time of publication – we’ll update the story when we hear back from Sant’Agata.

By Georg Kacher

European editor, secrets uncoverer, futurist, first man behind any wheel