Ferrari reshuffles strategy team ahead of F1 season opener
Ferrari has made changes to its strategy team ahead of next week’s opening Formula 1 race in Bahrain in a bid to eliminate the errors that defined its 2022 season.
Having started last year as the team to beat, Ferrari’s championship challenge faded through the season as it came under fire for several high-profile errors on strategy.
Bad calls from the pitwall played a key role in Ferrari failing to maximise its opportunities, including pitting Charles Leclerc on the same lap as Carlos Sainz in Monaco and switching to the hard tyre when battling for victory in Hungary.
Amid the changes to its management over the winter, with Fred Vasseur replacing Mattia Binotto as team principal, a review of matters has been undertaken to improve the team’s processes.
Reports emerged on Thursday morning – initially in the Italian media – that Vasseur has taken action having overseen Ferrari’s strategy department to ensure the issues will be erased.
These changes will see strategy chief Inaki Rueda moved to a factory-based role, clearing way for Ravin Jain to fill the position having previously worked as a race strategy engineer at Maranello.
The Indian-born engineer was educated in England, graduating from Oxford University with a first-class degree in physics and a distinction in a master’s degree in mathematical and theoretical physics.
Vasseur has also laid out the areas he and Ferrari’s race director Laurent Mekies will be responsible for overseeing.
From the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mekies will priories his focus on all aspects of the team’s operations, while Vasseur will be in charge of dealing with drivers, sponsors and media.