Ferrari is currently undergoing a major overhaul in the current season, with several personnel changes taking place. This has become a common occurrence in Formula 1, with many teams experiencing personnel switches. However, Ferrari has been on the losing end, as they have lost more key personnel than they have hired. This has raised concerns about the team’s future under new management, specifically Frederic Vasseur.
Vasseur, the French boss of the Italian team, took charge during a turbulent period. He is expected to stabilize the team and lead them to championship success. However, so far in the current season, Ferrari has not shown any signs of mounting a championship challenge. In addition to a strong driver lineup, there is a lack of depth in the backroom staff. Despite this, Vasseur has made a bold statement about the team’s path to success.
Vasseur stated, “Ferrari doesn’t have to wait for new personnel to improve.” However, former team owner Eddie Jordan disagrees with Vasseur’s approach. Speaking on the Formula For Success podcast, Jordan expressed doubt about Vasseur’s methods based on his experience in the sport.
Jordan expressed his belief that Fred may have failed to recognize the significance of having a reliable team of assistants. Drawing a parallel to soccer, Jordan emphasized the importance of having a coach, an assistant, and an individual who can offer valuable perspectives. According to Jordan, as a team leader, one must shoulder numerous responsibilities and rely on competent assistants to furnish essential information. Jordan doubted whether Fred currently possessed such support.
Vasseur is currently dealing with difficulties regarding important staff members. Nevertheless, Ferrari is actively working to address these vacancies within the team. Despite this setback, Vasseur remains confident that Ferrari is capable of operating independently at present and that positive outcomes will be achieved in the foreseeable future.
The task facing the Italian boss is immense as he aims to restore Ferrari’s position at the pinnacle of a fiercely competitive industry. Since 2008, no Ferrari boss has been able to achieve what he is now striving for. Despite challenges in staffing, Vasseur maintains his confidence but stresses the importance of being patient. He discussed this matter in a conversation with Motorsport.com.
“I did not say that Formula 1 involves time-consuming processes, such as hiring new staff. It is inevitable that we will have to wait for a couple of years to witness the outcomes of these decisions. Nevertheless, I never mentioned that we must wait for the new arrivals to observe any progress. I have great confidence in the current team members,” he clarified.
Formula 1 teams and fanbases are not typically known for their patience, but in order to achieve long-term success, Ferrari fans may need to exhibit some patience and trust in Vasseur’s abilities. Ultimately, a few additional years may not be significant in the larger context.