Former Alfa Romeo F1 team boss and Sauber CEO, Frederic Vasseur, took over as Scuderia Ferrari‘s team principal in January of this year after the departure of Mattia Binotto. Ferrari will be racing on their home turf this weekend in Imola, but they currently sit in fourth place in the constructors’ championship, a far fall from their previous leading position prior to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix last year. Unreliability, strategic errors, and detuned turbos contributed to Ferrari‘s performance drop-off, and their new SF-23 is struggling with race pace and spiky handling. However, Charles Leclerc shared that Vasseur has taken the time to analyze the situation fully before making changes, and Leclerc trusts Vasseur’s leadership and plans for the team.
Vasseur will be overseeing a restructuring of key positions at the team, with head of vehicle concept David Sanchez moving to McLaren. Ferrari race director Laurent Mekies also needs to find a way out of his long-term contract before taking over as AlphaTauri team principal for the next season.
McLaren boss Andrea Stella, who took over on the same day as Vasseur’s appointment, has already overseen a major reorganization of his team’s technical department, which includes poaching Sanchez. He has also identified the need to bring back former team sporting director Gil de Ferran as a non-executive consultant to help improve the McLaren leadership structure.