Ferrari is on a mission to turn its fortunes around in F1. The Italian team has endured a more than sixteen-year-long victory drought, repeatedly facing setbacks with a consistency worthy of records. Even in seasons where the technical project showed promise, let alone the more “unfortunate” ones, Ferrari struggled to secure victories. Succeeding in Formula One is an immensely challenging task, far more than it may seem. To kickstart a winning cycle, several measures need to align.
The Prancing Horse is attempting just that. This is the goal set by Frederic Vasseur, who arrived in Maranello a little over twelve months ago to initiate a new era. Many perceived his arrival as a fallback maneuver—a competent but not brilliant engineer, a transitional figure filling the void left by Mattia Binotto’s departure. However, that assumption couldn’t be more wrong. The rejuvenated Ferrari might not be perfect, but it certainly has a clear roadmap.
This is precisely why the Frenchman was chosen. Fred Vasseur is amiable yet capable of being assertive, someone who views the team comprehensively, striving to strengthen every department and foster cohesion among various segments. The shopping list is still open, with several engineers in focus—those who have already joined and others waiting to make an impact.
In recent days, discussions have centered around the F1 2024 calendar. A myriad of races awaits, and as always, managing human capital effectively will be crucial for task success. Organizing resources is paramount, and the French manager knows exactly what needs to be done. He has devised a plan to optimize the “human assets” on various fronts. It’s no easy feat, considering the substantial efforts required to perform at their best.
Ferrari, F1 2024: Fred Vasseur Prepares Seasonal Organization
An essential theme in F1 revolves around personnel and their subsequent performance. The paddock does not entertain those considered subpar. The technical gap between teams often results from the ability to translate cognitive skills onto the track. Every minor detail holds significant weight if not managed correctly. It’s a subject the historic Ferrari team is addressing as a focal point of Project 676, guiding its path into the near future.
The mistakes observed in the last F1 2023 event, such as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, were quite foreseeable. Approaching the end of the year exhausted, gathering mental strength is never easy. Hence, Vasseur has decided to implement rotations concerning the human capital working trackside throughout the championship. Additionally, the lineup of mechanics will be replenished.
The objective is to create an additional group capable of managing the cars at the factory, lightening the heavy workload of those spending entire days in garages worldwide. This scenario opens up various conjectures, as for Frederic, modern F1 is increasingly frenetic, and being unprepared even numerically means missing opportunities to perform well. Avoiding, for instance, unnecessary trips back home when one would have to board a plane again shortly after is crucial.
Adequate rest ensures clarity and brilliance because working under excessive stress, with an overwhelming number of hours on one’s shoulders, significantly increases the chances of making mistakes. A hypothetical scenario that Ferrari cannot afford. Administering the entire process won’t be easy, but one thing is certain: in this regard, the Italian team won’t be caught unprepared. On the contrary, a precise organization is in progress.
Lastly, let’s address an aspect that has been widely discussed in the past week. It concerns the perennial Rory Byrne, the evergreen South African technician born in 1944. The seventy-nine-year-old Pretoria native has demonstrated immense value in his career but has been retired for some years now. The amusing part is the constant press clamor for his expertise. It seems like every year, precisely during the winter break, the media insists that his consultations with Ferrari are crucial.
The incessant desire to “unfreeze” Rory has frankly become tiresome. Every year, around this time, the narrative emerges that his advice is indispensable for Ferrari in Maranello. It’s a toxic storytelling strategy to attract clicks and sell newspapers that, frankly, is not only annoying but also mocks the readers. It needed to be said, and once again, we’ve done so, much to the chagrin of those persisting in this venomous and rather foolish practice.
Source: Alessandro Arcari for FUnoanalisitecnica