Alfa Romeo has officially announced that team principal Fred Vasseur will leave the team in January.
13 December 2022 08:03
It has long been rumored that Ferrari has reached an agreement with Frederic Vasseur to replace Mattia Binotto, who handed in his resignation last month. With Alfa Romeo’s announcement of parting ways with Vasseur, only Ferrari’s official announcement remains.
It is expected that the Italian team will make an official announcement soon and Vasseur will lead the team next season.
Vasseur, 54, joined Sauber in July 2017 and has been team principal/CEO since then.
Vasseur led Sauber for 5.5 years, four of which were under the Alfa Romeo name. In 2022, the team took a big step forward and finished sixth, their best result in the last 10 years.
Vasseur played a major role in the fulfillment of the Alfa Romeo agreement and the partnership that will be established between Sauber and Audi in 2026.
Audi will be a completely new opportunity for Vasseur, but the lure of managing the Ferrari team seems to have him leaving the Swiss company and moving to Ferrari.
The team had very nice words about Vasseur in their statement and made it clear that they will miss him.
Vasseur leaves with the goodwill of the Sauber organization behind Alfa Romeo’s F1 operation
Photo by: Alfa Romeo
“Frederic Vasseur is leaving a growing team with new partners and a bright future for what will soon be the factory team of a major manufacturer,” the statement said.
“He leaves us as a friend, mentor, and leader who can get the most out of his employees.”
“We will miss the smiles and jokes that accompanied him during his time at the Hinwil factory as we enter a new era in the team’s history.”
“Thanks, Fred. We’ll support you wherever you go from now on.” it was said.
Vasseur emphasized that he enjoyed his role with the team and said: “As I prepare to end my journey at Alfa Romeo, I can look back with pleasure on these six years that we have spent together.”
“I owe it to every member of the team, because they are the ones who got this team back on its feet and helped it climb the ladder of our game one by one.”
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done together as a team and as a company, and most importantly, the foundation for what’s to come.”
“But what I’m most proud of are the people who made it all possible and became my friends over time.”
“This team will always be my home and I will support this team wherever I go. I learned a lot during my tenure as CEO and team leader, and I feel that every day is setting me up for the future.”
“I know that Alfa Romeo will continue to improve and I look forward to seeing them at the top of the grid in the next few years.”
Vasseur guided Alfa to sixth place in the constructors’ standings this year
Photo by: Alfa Romeo
Sauber president Rausing also appreciated Vasseur’s contribution to the team.
“Frederic has shown inspirational leadership in his six years at the helm of our team, helping us transform our company and our team,” said the Swedish boss.
“He was able to motivate each of us to do his best and the good results we got show the quality of his performance at the beginning of the team.”
“He was the first to believe in our project, and he leaves behind a team that is stronger, healthier and brighter than when he arrived, which is all that can be asked of him.”
“I’m sure I share the sentiments of everyone on the team as I wish Fred every success in his future endeavours.” say.
The Alfa/Sauber team has not yet announced who will replace Vasseur.