Ferrari’s crisis deepened when boss Fred Wasser became “tired” after just one F1 race.
Ferrari boss Fred Wasser is already exhausted after a disappointing start to the Formula 1 season. Italian media claim Wasser is struggling to make an impact just months after replacing Mattia Binotto as team manager. This Frenchman does not “pull the strings” at Ferrari. His successor as CEO, Benedetto Vigna, has been given more powers in recent months. Wasser was reportedly given “some slack” in his role and reporting to Vigna. Reports from Italy have strained the couple’s relationship and there is much turmoil in the team.
Compared to the other nine team leaders, Wasser has much less authority over the team. There is also concern that some key figures at Ferrari could follow aerodynamics boss David Sanchez out the door.
According to Corriere dello Sport, there has been a lot of buzz over the past seven days since Ferrari’s poor performance at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Race director Laurent Mekis is probably one of those thinking about their future. Star anchor Charles LeClair requested a meeting with President John Elkann to discuss the situation. Monaco Star failed to finish in Bahrain due to engine failure.
This continued Ferrari’s largely inconsistent performance from 2022 onwards. After Bahrain, Leclerc sent a letter to the team principal asking for a meeting with key stakeholders, expressing his displeasure at not being able to compete with Red Bull.
While Leclerc chased the podium, his teammate Carlos Sainz finished fourth. The Spanish Red Bull duo sat comfortably behind Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso also in front.