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Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal and General Manager, Scuderia Ferrari
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How Vasseur has begun Ferrari’s mission to keep Leclerc on side

Ferrari seemed to be on an upward trajectory last season but still team principal Mattia Binotto lost his job. New boss Fred Vasseur has wasted little time in making major changes to the operation. What was going so wrong under Binotto – and just how long, asks ROBERTO CHINCHERO, has Vasseur got to fix it?

When it comes to Ferrari there are no half measures. When the Scuderia wins we speak of triumphs, when it loses we’re faced with a Greek tragedy: even if only figuratively, the final act concludes with blood on the floor. In Maranello everything is extreme, the spotlights are on the team 24/7, throwing every action into stark relief – everything makes the news when there are millions of fans in red eager to comment on the smallest of happenings.

Changes of team principals aren’t a rarity in Maranello. Those who covet the seat of management – or merely agree to sit on it a while – know well what they are getting into, and shouldn’t be too surprised if their head is called to the chopping block in the event of a defeat.

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