New Scuderia Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur has recently talked about the first contact he had with the Ferrari senior management regarding the possibility of joining the Italian side in the role of Team Principal and General Manager.
Former Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto, who was leading the Ferrari Formula 1 Racing Division since 2019, handed in his resignation at the end of the previous Formula 1 season, as a result of the disappointing outcome last year. Fred Vasseur was called in to replace Mattia Binotto and began his new role in Maranello a few weeks ago, after six years with Alfa Romeo/Sauber.
The experienced French manager now has the difficult task of brining the Formula 1 world title back to Maranello for the first time since 2008 and he has to do so by fixing the several strategical and operational mistakes that were seen last tear in Ferrari. In the meanwhile, Fred Vasseur has provided details about how the recruitment process played out that led to the Team Principal merry-go-round in December, which was triggered by his move to the Scuderia:
“The process was crystal clear, even if we had some rumours in the press before and during [the 2022] Abu Dhabi [Grand Prix weekend],” Frederic Vasseur said in a recent interview for the Italian and international media – media including RacingNews365.com – “We didn’t discuss before that and had the first discussion the week after Abu Dhabi, and it was a very, very quick process and then I had a call with Mattia. I even met [him] during the handover, and we had a one to one discussion, and my thanks have to go to Mattia for this because I appreciated the move from him to stay and wait for me to discuss [with Ferrari].” – he explained.
Frederic Vasseur, who has also led the Renault F1 team and ART Grand Prix F2 squads previously in his long motorsport career, began his activity in Maranello a few weeks ago and feels he is “already” stamping his authority over the Italian side:
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“My approach to racing is that we always have to do a better job tomorrow than today. It means that if you say: ‘Okay, today the team is in a good shape’, but you always need to have the mindset to say: ‘We could improve in this area.’ If the question is ‘when will you start’, I have already started! What I can bring to the team is probably the experience that I have after 32 years sitting on the pit-wall, and that racing spirit. I hope I can bring that aspect to the team.” – the new Ferrari boss concluded.