Rivola confirms new role

Ferrari sporting director Massimo Rivola said rumours about him moving to the Ferrari Driver Academy were true, adding that he was excited by the opportunity that this new adventure would present for him.

Rivola, who has been with Ferrari since 2009, said it was time for him to take a 'pit stop' after spending 18 years in the industry. He takes over at the Academy, after Luca Baldisserri vacated the position, when he followed former FDA protege Lance Stroll to Williams.

"The rumours which have been circulating for a while are true, but I wanted you to be the first to know officially from me what Ferrari has decided: after 18 years of F1, of which 12 have been on the pit wall, it's time to make a pit stop," said Rivola in a statement circulated this week.

"Motivated by a great professional challenge, along with the company, I have decided to take care of the renewal of the Ferrari Driver Academy. The farewell of a driver as symbolic as Jules [Bianchi] is the spark that means that today it is a real 'mission'.

"Also thanks to my previous experience, I was fortunate to work with many drivers and to do so when they were young, like Sebastian [Vettel] and Fernando [Alonso] to name a few. To think that the champions of tomorrow for Ferrari will grow in the Academy is just amazing," added Rivola.

"I have always supported thinking of the young, the Ferrarista of the future, and now we have one more tool to do it together."