Fred Vasseur: Clear ideas about the Ferrari of the future
“I have already identified the department that needs to be strengthened, but I’ll keep it to myself.” At the beginning of the 2023 Formula One season, Frederic Vasseur, speaking to the Spanish press (which has regained particular interest in all things related to Ferrari since Fernando Alonso’s era, with Carlos Sainz defending the colors of the Maranello-based team since 2021), had already revealed that he had identified what is currently a weak point in Ferrari’s technical organization.
The new team principal has been given a mandate by the top management of Ferrari (President John Elkann and chief executive officer Benedetto Vigna) to hunt for top-level individuals capable of bringing the skills that Frderic Vasseur believes are currently lacking in Maranello.
However, it is not easy to poach the brightest minds who can make a difference in building the race cars from their competitors. For example, Red Bull, through team principal Christian Horner, has emphasized that they have no plans to lose top engineers.
“We will make noise,” said Frederic Vasseur in Canada, speaking to Sky Sports UK, and the online version of the Spanish publication AS provides some additional details revealed by Ferrari’s new team principal: “Changing course in Formula 1 is not easy. If you want to hire someone, it takes years. A few weeks ago, I hired a ‘top’ individual who will join in 2025 to work on the 2025 and 2026 cars. If we don’t start now while we’re in 2023, the benefits of these new resources will be further delayed in terms of operational capability.” – the French manager explained.
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Frederic Vasseur inherited the Ferrari team shaped by the Mattia Binotto era and is gradually starting to leave his mark, both operationally and in terms of decision-making. He is leading the recruitment campaign to build the Scuderia for the near to medium-term future, elements that will certainly be important in defining the potential renewal of Charles Leclerc’s contract, which expires at the end of 2024. If Charles Leclerc renews from 2025, he will be able to drive a Ferrari created with the contribution of the technicians whom Frederic Vasseur is currently convincing to join the Ferrari project.