Numerous senior Ferrari staff to join rivals after engineer defects to McLaren

Ferrari are reportedly set for a mass staff exodus following their poor start to 2023.

The 2023 season was supposed to represent a fresh start for Ferrari, with new team principal Fred Vasseur hoping to lead the team away from last season’s problems.

Ferrari were generally very quick last season but reliability issues and strategic blunders cost Charles Leclerc and the team a shot at both championships, despite building up a healthy early lead over Red Bull.

The 2023 season opener in Bahrain did not go to plan for the Scuderia however, as the team were outperformed by Red Bull in qualifying before capitulating in the race.

Ferrari’s reliability issues arose one again, forcing Charles Leclerc to retire from the first race of the season, whilst Carlos Sainz struggled with Ferrari’s high tyre degradation and was overtaken by Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso.

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Following Ferrari’s poor start to the season, a major shake-up behind the scenes is set to take place, with multiple members of Ferrari staff set to depart the team.

It has now been revealed by that Head of Vehicle Concepts David Sanchez has resigned from his role with Ferrari after the poor start to the 2023 season.

It has also been revealed that Sanchez will be taking his services elsewhere, with the French engineer set to join McLaren later this year after a period of gardening leave.

Sanchez has previously worked for McLaren, working in the aerodynamic department between 2007 and 2012 before moving to Ferrari.

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Sanchez is not the only man set to depart Ferrari following the disaster in Bahrain, with assistant team principal Laurent Mekies also reportedly close to departing the team.

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As well as Mekies, Head of Chassis Enrico Cardile is also on the verge of stepping away from Ferrari, with the team already showing signs of imploding only weeks into the season.

Charles Leclerc has also reportedly requested a meeting with Ferrari chief John Elkann, with the Monegasque driver running out of patience with his team.

Leclerc’s contract with Ferrari runs out at the end of next season and Ferrari will be hoping that they can drastically improve this season to tempt their star driver to extend his stay with the team amidst links to Mercedes.