Marchionne took the reigns at Ferrari from Luca di Montezemolo last autumn in circumstances that seemed anything other than a friendly handover.
It didn’t take too many lines to be read between to work out that Marchionne and di Montezemolo had very different ideas for the future of Ferrari.
Rumours of saloon cars and SUVs being added to the Ferrari range were quickly shot down by Marchionne, despite di Montezemolo’s attempts to stir things up.
“Marchionne wanted to build a truck but I talked him out of it…” was di Montezemolo’s retort to a question in his outgoing press conference at the Paris motor show.
But since then, it has emerged that maybe the two men were more aligned than they thought, on the road car side at least. Whispers on Ferrari saloons and SUVs have now stopped. Indeed, Marchionne’s comments at the Geneva motor show about his disappointment of the Ferrari F1 team’s unacceptable performance and his desire to fix it perhaps hint at the real reasons for di Montezemolo’s departure.