‘Otherwise there is no way out’: New Ferrari boss issued warning

Jean Alesi has suggested that Fred Vasseur will not be able to fix Ferrari on his own.

Ferrari’s start to 2022 looked promising, as the team built up a healthy lead in both championships with clearly the fastest car on the grid.

It was Max Verstappen and Red Bull however that ended up winning both championships by quite some margin, capitalising on a catalogue of errors by the Scuderia.

Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz saw multiple race wins escape their grasp over the course of the season due to strategic blunders from their team.

Incorrect tyre choices, botched pit stops and other strategy related mistakes cost the team a significant number of points last year and after the season came to a close in Abu Dhabi, the Scuderia announced that they had accepted the resignation of team principal Mattia Binotto.

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The Swiss has been replaced by former Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur, who will look to cut out these errors from the team to ensure a more meaningful title charge can be put together this year.

Former Ferrari drive Jean Alesi has advised the Frenchman to seek the help of his staff as he attempts to change Ferrari’s fortunes, suggesting that sporting director Laurent Mekies could be of great help to him.

“Let’s be honest, on the tactic front, Ferrari was unwatchable last year,” Alesi told Autosprint.

“Things definitely need to change, otherwise there is no way out for the team.

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“I think Vasseur has to rely very much on Laurent Mekies.

“Mekies has been at Ferrari for years and he can be the ideal person for Vasseur to see where things need to be changed and what, on the contrary, should stay the same because there is potential.”

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It has been suggested by pundits that Binotto was not the sole problem at Ferrari, with Vasseur being urged to complete a revamp of the strategy team who were so disappointing last season.

Vasseur will be able to watch his drivers in action for the very first time later this month, as Sainz and Leclerc head to Italy for a three-day private test in last year’s car.

This test will give the Frenchman an opportunity to judge the performance levels of his drivers and give them a head start before F1 heads to Bahrain for pre-season testing.