It is therefore a Frenchman who will lead Ferrari in 2023. The Italian team has, not surprisingly, chosen Frédéric Vasseur, current boss of the Swiss Sauber team, to succeed Mattia Binotto. For this 54-year-old trained engineer, the challenge, like his tricolor predecessor Jean Todt (1993-2007), will be to put the Scuderia back on the winning track.
After two years spent with Renault to build the return project (2015-2016), Vasseur resigned to quickly find the position he still holds today at the head of the team called Alfa Romeo Racing, thanks to the agreement that he initiated very quickly , when he took office in 2017.
Very close to Charles Leclerc
His career path is strangely similar to Christian Horner’s, whom Red Bull sought out in F3000 to lead the team it created in 2005. The Frenchman, like the Briton, created his own ASM structure, which since 2005 has become ART GP, based in the south. of Île-de-France. And it is in the lower disciplines (DTM, F3 and F2) that he forged his motor racing experience and saw many drivers pass.
For Vasseur, the challenge will be to get Ferrari back on track for those titles that have eluded it for more than ten years (2008, manufacturers and 2007, drivers) and to restore the confidence in its star driver Charles Leclerc, which he has had since his youngest years maintained very close relations (title in GP3 in 2016 and first year in F1 in 2018).