Draco boss Morini steps down

Draco team principal Adriano Morini has stepped down from the helm of his multiple European single-seater championship winning team

Draco boss Morini steps down

The Italian outfit will continue in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2011. Team manager Nadia Morini will take over the reins, while there are no other planned staff changes.

"After a career of 43 years, I retire with great satisfaction for all of the results achieved," said Adriano Morini. "I'm sure that my team will go forward to a successful future."

Adriano Morini began his career in motorsport as a mechanic in the 1960s. Since then, he has entered more than 90 drivers in over 400 races, earning 115 victories and eight European Championships.

Among the driving talent to have been schooled at the 'Morini academy' are sportscar stars Pedro Lamy and Riccardo Zonta, Formula 1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa, BMW factory touring car racer Augusto Farfus and 2010 GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado.

Draco won the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 championship with current IndyCar driver Bertrand Baguette. In all, ten former Morini drivers have progressed into Formula 1.

"I took this decision serenely because I feel that this is the right moment to conclude a journey of great personal and professional fulfillment," continued Morini. "Draco is a large family, and it will continue its journey with the same principles. Team Manager Nadia Morini and all the staff will remain unchanged.

"I'm sure that the team will have a future as bright as the past, discovering and creating the talent of tomorrow. My life has been dedicated to motorsport, and I would like to thank all of the people who have walked with me on this long road, some only for a season, others for decades."

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