Ferrari poaches more Red Bull employees to convince Charles Leclerc to stay

Ferrari have poached two key members of Red Bull’s team, as they look to build a championship winning team.

Ferrari have been on a mission to get back to winning ways after a tough couple of series in Formula 1’s new era of regulations.

While there was a chance for the team to challenge for the title in 2022, the championship hopes were thrown away by poor strategy calls and reliability challenges.

In 2023, Ferrari haven’t been close to taking on the dominant Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez who lead the Drivers’ Standings.

With a 100% win record this season, Red Bull is far ahead of their rivals in the Constructors’ battle, while Ferrari is stuck in P4 after a series of DNFs and pointless results.

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Having brought in Fred Vasseur as the new team principal, tasked with building a force capable of dominating the sport, Ferrari has been on a mission to poach the top talent from across the grid.

Two key members of Red Bull staff have moved to Maranello, according to a report from Motorsport Italy, starting work on the team’s 2024 design.

The announcement of the move comes after Ferrari reportedly threatened to refuse to release Laurent Mekies from his contract, so he can join AlphaTauri as its new team principal unless Red Bull let a set of engineers join the Italian Constructor.

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David George, who worked as an aerodynamics engineer with Red Bull and Honda in Formula 1, as well as stints in Nascar and Indycar, is one of the staffers joining Ferrari.

The second individual is a, as yet, unnamed aerodynamicist, showing where Ferrari’s focus will be ahead of the 2024 season.

The hiring spree is also a potential sign that Ferrari is planning to sacrifice scrapping some victories this year in favour of focusing on developing a title-winning design for next season.