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Next Ferrari chief focuses on race wins after old boss pushed out

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain walks at the paddock of the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 ahead of Sunday's Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain walks at the paddock of the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 ahead of Sunday's Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

The incoming boss of Ferrari has one "very high" priority: getting his cars back on top of the Formula One podium.

Sergio Marchionne, also CEO of Ferrari's parent company Fiat Chrysler, said at the Paris Car Show that his "key objective is to re-establish Ferrari in Formula One," describing it as "non-negotiable."

The team's recent struggles on the race track are widely thought to be why current Ferrari CEO Luca Di Montezemolo is being pushed out.

At a tense farewell news conference, Montezemolo urged Ferrari's leaders to remember the importance of "selling the dream" of luxury cars. "Our myth has been based not only on Formula One."

Ferrari has fallen behind its rivals in Formula One in recent years. The last time it won the driver's championship was in 2007.