The 2024 Formula One season will mark Laurent Mekies’ debut year as the Team Principal of AlphaTauri, after spending five years with Scuderia Ferrari.
Frederic Vasseur’s arrival in Maranello twelve months ago set off a mini-revolution internally. The goal, repeatedly declared by the former head of Alfa Romeo, is to break away from previous management that couldn’t bring the Scuderia back to the top.
Among those who faced the consequences is Laurent Mekies, who, after five years with Ferrari, will officially debut in 2024 as the new Team Principal of AlphaTauri.
The Faenza-based team has recently bid farewell to Franz Tost, who handed over his role to the French engineer. Tost, in the past few days, shared an emotional farewell message to the fans. “I will miss the team and also all the stress related to this sport,” were his words.
At the same time, the first official words have also come from Laurent Mekies. After the gardening period stipulated by his contract with Ferrari, the Frenchman can finally start working with his new team. “Since my chapter with the Scuderia has ended, I must thank all the members of Scuderia Ferrari for these unforgettable five years,” wrote Laurent Mekies on his LinkedIn profile. “We had ups and downs, but we fought every day, always giving our best. I carry with me many memories that will stay with me forever. Thanks to all the people who are part of Ferrari and to all the fans for your continuous and unconditional support.” – he added.
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The French engineer then talked about what lies ahead. “Now begins a new adventure, and I am very grateful to be able to work with another such special team. We are ready to start a new chapter to be written together, and I can’t wait to get to work.” – he concluded.