Ferrari Boss Frederic Vasseur Walks an Extra Mile To Win Over the Tifosi: “I Take Lessons Everyday”

Published 02/11/2023, 7:30 PM EST

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When we think about Formula 1, the Scarlet red of Ferrari is arguably the first thing that pops into our heads. Naturally, it isn’t a secret that the team from Maranello is the most historic and prestigious team in the entirety of the motoring world. That being said, being put on such an elevated pedestal also has its downsides. Being the pride of Italy means that the team becomes a national entity. That is to say, all the hopes and dreams of Italy sit squarely on the shoulders of the Scuderia. And the man at the helm of this business isn’t leaving any stone unturned to ensure he wins over the Tifosi and, in succession, the F1 title.

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After the ousting of former team principal Mattia Binotto, Sauber’s boss Frederic Vasseur was put in charge at Maranello. Obviously, the Ferrari hot seat is a contentious position. Many would give up almost anything to be in it. However, once things don’t go according to plan, it all can go downhill very quickly. The team has been notorious in terms of their impatience and the constant involvement and superintendence of the top brass in the racing activities. But what does the new man in charge think of all this?

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In an interview with Cafe Creme Sport, Vasseur was asked about his relationship with the top dogs at Ferrari. The Frenchman replied, “Yes both are very close to the team, be it Benedetto Vigna [CEO of Ferrari] or John Elkann [Chairman of Ferrari]! They like it, and at Ferrari it’s much more important than at any other manufacturer.”

“They are in the factory, we have more than daily contact, and I think it’s good for the team to feel supported. We have to manage it well so that it does not take the form of a confrontation, but for the moment everything is fine! We have a little language problem, I have to learn Italian, so I take lessons every day (he laughs).”

Ferrari has always been branded as a national team. But they’ve done something different this time around. Can this be enough to save the day and break that title drought, though?

Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur has a one-point agenda for the team

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Binotto’s ousting came as a result of a promising 2022 for the team turning into a self-inflicted nightmare. That being said, the arrival of Frederic Vasseur comes as a hope for the Tifosi as they try to embark on a hopefully successful 2023 campaign. But what does Vasseur want to achieve during his time at Ferrari?

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In the same interview, he said, “My goal in F1 is to win! And winning with Ferrari, with all that surrounds it, is the most beautiful of challenges, the most beautiful of projects. There is no particular pressure, but we must always have ambitious objectives.”

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Anirban Aly Mandal

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Anirban Aly Mandal is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. In his pursuit for a Bachelor's degree in Law from Symbiosis Law School, he has written multiple academic papers centered around the domain of motorsports. Not only that, but due to his love for F1, he aims to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world some day.
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