It has been reported by Italian site Formu1a.uno that Ferrari’s new team principal Frederic Vasseur won’t be making any ‘significant changes’ to the team’s personnel, with the Frenchman opting to start his life at Ferrari with the same colleagues that served under Mattia Binotto.
Vasseur had been tipped to make a wave of changes ahead of the upcoming season, with Binotto having preferred continuity for the entirety of last season.
‘Continuity’ though, is what Vasseur is also wanting at least for the start of the season, as the Italians attempt once again to claim their first World Championship since 2008.
It wouldn’t come as a shock to see the former Alfa Romeo boss make changes quickly should Ferrari repeat their 2022 mistakes, of which there were several to choose from.
The side suffered from reliability issues, driver errors, and strategic blunders, with at least one of those categories having already been addressed.
It has also been reported by Formu1a.uno that Ferrari’s 2023 challenger will be one second faster than the F1-75, a car that Charles Leclerc won two of the opening three races in last season.
This performance increase has come as a result of the team fixing their engine’s reliability issues, something which has also resulted in Ferrari having an additional 30hp.
Should Ferrari’s engine woes truly be over, then it will simply put more pressure on Leclerc and Sainz to deliver results, and, most importantly, a championship.
The same can be said for Ferrari’s strategists, who simply can’t repeat their performance from 2022.
The strategists will need to grasp the second chance that they’ve seemingly been given by Vasseur, with many last season having urged Binotto to replace them.
Vasseur will be hopeful that the trust he’s put in the current strategic team will result in strong performances; however, Vasseur will almost certainly make changes should things go wrong once again.
“At least for now, information indicates that the new team principal Fred Vasseur is not implementing any significant changes in the team – instead opting for continuity,” stated Formu1a.uno.
“This decision has been largely welcomed at the factory.”