Scuderia Ferrari has bid farewell to its highly esteemed race director Laurent Mekies, who will head AlphaTauri as its team principal. Additionally, David Sanchez, the head of vehicle concept, has made his move to McLaren.
Vasseur has hinted at more incoming recruit announcements, but made it clear that he absolutely rejects the idea that Ferrari‘s success hinges on these new appointees. Previously at the helm for Renault and Sauber F1, he’s no stranger to the ups and downs of the industry.
Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix over the weekend, Vasseur voiced his frustration to the media regarding the long period it takes for a team to turn around: “[Recruitment] is a very long process.”
Furthering this, he said, “The consequence of this is that also the people joining sometimes in a couple of months – we have people starting in the company 1 January 2024, 1 July 2024, some will start the beginning of 2025 – is a very long-term process.”
He conveyed his frustration further while underlining the need to persevere, stating that, “it’s a bit frustrating also because you have the feeling that you are working for two to four years from today. But if you don’t start to do it, you will never get it. That means we have to push on it. I think we made a good step forward.”
Vasseur also hinted that despite the stretched-out schedule, he believes Ferrari can rely on its current resources. He stressed his faith in how things stand and made clear the need to maximize what the team currently has at its disposal. “All the processes in F1 are quite long with a lot of inertia,” Vasseur said.
Without downplaying the value of the incoming specialists, he made clear that he would, “never accept that we have to wait for these guys to give an improvement because I also trust the people that we have in the team.”
He emphasized that Ferrari must strive to enhance its performance. He said, “We need to improve but we can do a better job with what we have today. We have to be focused to get the best from what we have. It’s the next challenge.”
Vasseur asserted his stance, stating, “I don’t want to postpone any target because this would be the wrong message, the wrong motivation.”