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Frédéric Vasseur: From France to Formula 1

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The team principal for Scuderia Ferrari, replacing Mattia Binotto in 2023


Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Ferrari, is renowned in the Formula One world for his influential leadership and contributions to motorsport. Born in 1968 in Draveil, France, Vasseur graduated from ESTACA in Paris, specializing in Aeronautical Engineering. He established the ASM team in 1996 and later formed the ART Grand Prix team, leading both to numerous victories. Vasseur ventured into innovative domains with AOTech and Spark Racing Technology, focusing on driving simulators and hybrid and electrical systems. His Formula 1 journey started with Renault in 2016, and he later headed Sauber F1 Team and transformed it into Alfa Romeo Racing. Vasseur took the helm at Ferrari in 2023, demonstrating his dedication, talent, and leadership in motor racing. A family man, Vasseur is married and has four children.

Frédéric Vasseur, an influential figure in the world of Formula One, is best known for his role as the Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari. Born in France, Vasseur has left a lasting impact on various teams in the motorsport world and his contribution to the Ferrari Formula 1 Team has been commendable. In this article, we will explore the life of Frédéric Vasseur, delving into his journey in the realm of motor racing, his personal life, and his role at Scuderia Ferrari.

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Frédéric Vasseur's Early Life, Age & Education

Born on May 28, 1968, in Draveil, France, Vasseur is now 55 years old as of 2023. His interest in motor racing began at a young age, eventually paving the way for his illustrious career in Formula One. Vasseur's journey into the world of motorsports began with his education. He graduated from ESTACA (École Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile) in Paris in 1995, specializing in Aeronautical Engineering. His passion for motorsport was evident even during his student years. In 1992, while still studying, he established RPM, a company that prepared Formula 3 engines for Renault.

The Birth of ASM and ART Grand Prix

In 1996, Vasseur founded the ASM team, which competed in Formula 3. His leadership and strategic acumen led the team to numerous victories, including the French Formula 3 championship in 1998 with David Saelens at the helm. The team also clinched the European title four times between 2004 and 2007, with notable drivers like Jamie Green, Lewis Hamilton, Paul Di Resta, and Romain Grosjean.

In 2004, Vasseur joined forces with Nicolas Todt to form the ART Grand Prix team. This team continued the winning streak, securing the GP2 Series championship with Nico Rosberg in 2005 and Lewis Hamilton in 2006.

Exploring New Avenues: AOTech and Spark Racing Technology

Vasseur's innovative mindset led him to establish AOTech in 2010, a company specializing in driving simulators and CFD design. Two years later, he founded Spark Racing Technology, a company focused on the design and manufacture of hybrid and electrical systems. This venture secured the contract to supply Formula E chassis when the category for fully electric single-seaters was first set up by the FIA (Federation Internationale Automobile) in 2014.

Journey in Formula 1

Vasseur's first foray into the Formula 1 paddock was in 2016 when he served as the Renault Team Principal. However, due to differing visions with the team's senior management, he left Renault at the end of the 2016 season. His expertise was quickly recognized by Sauber, who hired him as the managing director and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG, as well as the team principal of the Sauber F1 Team in July 2017.

Under his leadership, the team transformed into Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019, running Ferrari power units. Vasseur's tenure at Alfa Romeo Racing was marked by significant improvements in the team's performance.

Leading Scuderia Ferrari

In December 2022, Scuderia Ferrari announced the departure of Team Principal Mattia Binotto and appointed Vasseur as his replacement. He officially assumed his new role on 9th January 2023, becoming the fourth non-Italian and the second Frenchman to head the Scuderia, after Jean Todt. He is the team principal to drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in 2023.

Personal Life

Away from the racetrack, Vasseur is a family man. He got married on 31st July 1999 and is a proud father of four children.

Frédéric Vasseur's journey in the world of motor racing is a testament to his dedication, talent, and leadership. As he continues to guide the Scuderia Ferrari team, the influence of this veteran of the sport remains undiminished. Whether you're a fan of Ferrari, a lover of Formula One, or simply interested in the lives of those who shape the world of motorsport, Vasseur's story is undeniably captivating.

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