Ferrari has appointed Fred Vasseur as Team Principal, with the Alfa Romeo boss and Sauber Motorsport CEO replacing Mattia Binotto from January 2023.
Binotto, who joined Ferrari as an engine engineer in 1995 before rising to take the helm of F1’s most famous team, resigned last month.
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Vasseur – who led Alfa Romeo to sixth in the constructors’ championship this year in what was the team’s best finish for a decade – was Ferrari’s first choice to replace him.
Following weeks of discussions, Vasseur decided to end his six-year tenure at Sauber and join Ferrari in what is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – jobs in motorsport
Vasseur has over 25 years of winning motor racing experience, commencing in the junior formulas and over the last decade in Formula 1. During this time, he has also been widely acknowledged for his success in fostering leading driver talent, claiming the GP2 series in both 2005 (Nico Rosberg) and 2006 (Lewis Hamilton).
Fred Vasseur has most recently held the position of CEO and Team Principal of Sauber Motorsport (currently Alfa Romeo F1 Team) since 2017. Before this, he was the Team Principal of the Renault F1 Team in 2016.
Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna commented on the appointment:
We are delighted to welcome Fred Vasseur to Ferrari as our Team Principal. Throughout his career, he has combined his technical strengths as a trained engineer with a consistent ability to bring out the best in his drivers and teams. This approach and his leadership are what we need to push Ferrari forward with renewed energy.
Fred Vasseur commented:
I am truly delighted and honoured to take over the leadership of Scuderia Ferrari as Team Principal. As someone who has always had a lifelong passion for motorsport, Ferrari has always represented the pinnacle of the racing world. I look forward to working with the talented and truly passionate team in Maranello to honour the history and heritage of the Scuderia and deliver for our Tifosi around the world.