Martin Brundle believes Frédéric Vasseur is going through a “tall order” at Ferrari, and that the Frenchman hasn’t joined the Scuderia due to his shut relationship with Charles Leclerc.
Amid a frenzy of crew bulletins on Tuesday, Ferrari confirmed Vasseur’s switch from Alfa Romeo F1/Sauber to Maranello for 2023.
Vasseur’s success as a mentor of younger expertise is properly chronicled, the Frenchman grooming prior to now drivers equivalent to Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Leclerc in fact.
However Brundle notes that Vasseur’s achievements with Alfa Romeo F1 have not been “wonderful”. Subsequently, within the Sky F1 commentator’s eyes, the jury remains to be out as as to whether Ferrari’s new crew boss can ship a world championship to the Italian outfit within the coming seasons.
“One of many hardest jobs for me in sport is crew principal of Ferrari,” Brundle informed Sky Information.
“After all, we all know they’ve let Mattia Binotto go, a lifer actually at Ferrari, and Fred Vasseur is available in, and that is a tall order.
“He is received a robust historical past in motorsport of success, largely in spec formulation of junior racing.
“Has he achieved wonderful issues at Alfa Romeo the place you suppose ‘Wow, he is on his approach by to a extremely high job?’ Not likely.
“However we’ll see if he is received the talents required to take Ferrari in the correct course.”
Vasseur’s shut relationship with Leclerc has led to hypothesis that the Monegasque might have been instrumental in attracting his former crew boss to the Scuderia.
However Brundle dismissed the conjecture and insists Ferrari might want to have two pleased drivers to outperform its rivals.
“In the event that they’ve taken Vasseur on as a result of he’s shut or was near Leclerc, it is fully the incorrect purpose,” mentioned the previous F1 driver. “It is a massively greater job than that.
“At Ferrari, they have Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc – one of many best driver pairings in Components 1 – and so they each have to really feel comfy and liked and supported.
“Fred will not be going there considering ‘I am with Charles’. They have a greater likelihood of preserving Leclerc into the long run if he is comfy, however it’s all about efficiency.
“It isn’t about who’s pleasant with who on this enterprise, fairly the alternative really. It is actually, who may give him a championship potential automobile and crew.
“Whether or not he raced with Vasseur and gained junior championships, as his youthful brother does as properly, that is by the by.”
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