Frederic Vasseur takes up his duties at Ferrari. The new team boss of the Formula 1 record world champion moves into the office of his predecessor Mattia Binotto – the press jokes.

Frederic Vasseur started his new job as team boss of Formula 1 record world champion Ferrari on Monday.

The 54-year-old Frenchman moved into the office of his resigned predecessor Mattia Binotto, who left Ferrari in December after four unsuccessful years at the helm.

Press jokes about Ferrari start for Vasseur

“First day of school for Vasseur,” commented the Gazzetta Dello Sport on the manager’s first day on the job, the second Frenchman to head the Scuderia after Jean Todt. Ferrari poached Vasseur from partner team Alfa Romeo and wants to end the titleless period with him.

Vasseur, who has already met the drivers Charles Leclerc (Monaco) and Carlos Sainz (Spain) several times in the past few days, has to look for a technical director and sign several new sponsorship contracts, among other things.

A lot of work for the record Formula 1 world champion

At Ferrari, the signing of Vasseur is tantamount to a change of strategy. After the departure of Jean Todt, who together with Michael Schumacher stood for the Scuderia’s most successful Formula 1 era, all team bosses came from within the company.

The Italian gazettes have high hopes for the new man. “Vasseur has six months to turn Ferrari around,” commented the Corriere Dello Sport.

An important stage for Vasseur is the unveiling of the new Ferrari for the 2023 season, scheduled for 14 February. The name of the car has not yet been decided.

No Ferrari title since 2007

Ferrari has been waiting for a driver’s title since Kimi Räikkönen’s World Championship triumph in 2007, at that time still under Todt’s leadership. Vasseur is now to change that. He wants to “deliver for our tifosi all over the world”, the Frenchman promised.

Vasseur has been in motorsport for more than 25 years and has made a name for himself as a promoter of young talent, among other things. As ART team boss, he also guided Charles Leclerc on the path towards Formula 1.