For Scuderia Ferrari, the 2022 Formula 1 season was represented by ups and downs that did not allow the Maranello team to be able to fight to the end with Red Bull and Max Verstappen in their respective championship battles. Among the negative aspects that characterized Maranello’s last season are the strategic mistakes that actually compromised a large number of races, such as the Monaco Grand Prix and the Hungaroring event.
An aspect on which Jean Alesi focused in a recent interview, with the former Ferrari driver underlining how these problems must be resolved in view of the new championship.
Jean Alesi also discussed the at the top of the Ferrari Racing Department between Mattia Binotto and Frederic Vasseur, with the French manager leaving Alfa Romeo to become the new team principal of the Maranello side. Fred Vasseur, according to Jean Alesi’s opinion, must be guided by his compatriot Laurent Mekies to get to know in detail the situation in which the team finds itself, understanding where to make changes and where to focus on stability.
“We have to be honest, at a strategic level Ferrari was unwatchable at times last year” – said Jean Alesi, interviewed by Autosprint – “Things absolutely have to change, otherwise there is no way out for the team. I think Fred Vasseur has to rely heavily on Laurent Mekies. Mekies has been at Ferrari for years and can be the ideal person for Vasseur to see where things need to be changed and what, conversely, should stay the same because there is potential.” – the former F1 driver added.
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Jean Alesi, continuing with his own analysis, however admitted that the heart of Ferrari must remain Italian: “If you tell me that Ferrari will speak or should speak more and more French, I immediately say no. Maranello is Italian. You have to speak Italian and only Italian. I drove for the Scuderia and there I experienced the best moments of my career” – the former Ferrari man concluded.