Ex-Ferrari team boss Domenicali to be new Formula One CEO

SOCHI, Russia — Former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is replacing Chase Carey as president and CEO of Formula One from next year.

Carey will move into a non-executive chairman role after being appointed by F1 Group owner Liberty Media nearly four years ago, F1 also announced on Friday.

Carey replaced Bernie Ecclestone, who ran the series for more than 40 years, and Carey successfully negotiated a transition to a more digital-friendly era while refreshing the race calendar with Vietnam coming in and the Netherlands returning.

“It’s been an adventure and I’ve enjoyed working with the teams, the FIA and all of our partners,” Carey said in a statement. “I look forward to staying involved and supporting Stefano as he takes the wheel.”

The 55-year-old Domenicali spent 23 years with Ferrari until 2014 and later worked with Audi before his most recent job as CEO of sports car maker Lamborghini.

“I am thrilled to join the Formula One organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said. “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.”

His arrival adds to a group of former Ferrari team bosses in key positions overseeing F1. Ross Brawn, who oversaw Ferrari strategy during its golden era with Michael Schumacher at the wheel, is the F1 managing director for motorsport, and former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt is president of the FIA governing body.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto praised Carey’s contribution to improving working relations inside a series often noted for its infighting.

“There have been many positive changes made to the sport under his leadership, in particular the promoter’s relationship with the teams,” Binotto said. “And let’s not forget that Formula One

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Lionel Messi lashes out at Barcelona for selling Luis Suárez

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) celebrates with Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez after scoring during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.  (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)

BARCELONA, Spain— Lionel Messi criticized the exit of teammate and good friend Luis Suárez on Friday, dealing another blow to the damaged relationship between the Argentine and Barcelona’s leadership.

Messi posted a photo of himself with Suárez on Instagram with a message expressing his sadness for his friend’s departure and his anger at how the club transferred him to Atlético Madrid.

“It is going to be so strange seeing you in another shirt, and even stranger to have to play against you,” Messi wrote. “You deserved a sending-off fit for what you are: one of the most important players in club history, both for what you did for the group and individually — not the one they gave you. But it is true that at this point nothing surprises me.”

Barcelona decided to overhaul its squad after the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last month. The 33-year-old Suárez was told by incoming coach Ronald Koeman that he was no longer wanted. The club, hard hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic, also needed to reduce its expenditures on salaries for its players.

Suárez bid farewell to Barcelona’s fans in an emotional news conference on Thursday. He leaves Camp Nou as the club’s third leading scorer with 198 goals. The Uruguayan helped Barcelona win 13 titles since arriving in 2014 from Liverpool, including four Spanish league trophies and the Champions League in 2015.

Suárez forged a dynamic scoring duo with Messi over

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LOOK: Disney unveils ‘King Chad’ mural honoring Chadwick Boseman

Nikkolas Smith stands beside his tribute to Chadwick Boseman, titled “King Chad.” Image: Instagram/@nikkolas_smith

Disney has unveiled a mural honoring the late actor Chadwick Boseman, famously known as King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” a few weeks after he was laid to rest.

The new mural, aptly titled “King Chad,” was created by concept artist and former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith. The installation can be found at Anaheim’s Downtown Disney in California, USA.

The artist took to Instagram yesterday, Sept. 24, to share his work, noting that “this one is special.”

“It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus,” Smith explained. “To millions of kids, T’Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman.”

“I’m so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist,” he added.

Boseman passed away inside his home in Los Angeles on Aug. 28 after a four-year battle with cancer. Despite this, he was still able to star in several films such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) “Black Panther,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” as well as in “Marshall” and “Da 5 Bloods,” along with other projects.

The late actor has also been commended by fellow artists and fans for taking the time to visit sick children in the past years while he himself was battling colon cancer, unbeknownst to the public.

Walt Disney Imagineering’s official Instagram account likewise shared Smith’s work, which has the inscription: “As a former Disney Imagineer, I had the honor

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