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How Ferrari plan to fix their strategy blunders

The team has made a key change to their strategy department ahead of the 2023 season, in an attempt to fix one of the areas that threw up errors last year.

When new Team Principal Frederic Vasseur came into Ferrari at the beginning of the year, he made it clear that he would be trying to understand what happened with every strategy mistake to make improvements. Just a couple of days before the start of the season Ferrari outlined a key change to their strategy team, with Inaki Rueda moving to a factory position and Ravin Jain leading the trackside operations. While the changes made to the personal will be noticeable, Vasseur says the team has done a lot of work behind the scenes to improve the flow of communication in critical moments. "We decided to change a little bit the organisation and it will be a bit less on the pit wall. Inaki will be factory-based and focus on the sporting side and we have Ravi on the pit wall," he told select media, including RacingNews365.com . "But it's not the only one, it's also to work on the flow of communication to be sure that we have a direct flow. "Because when everything is going well, you can have three or four [laps] to discuss. When you have to react in one second, it's a different story."

Vasseur: Important to understand why something didn't work

During last year's Hungarian Grand Prix it was clear Ferrari had a major problem in their title challenge. The team made a strategical error and put Charles Leclerc on the wrong tyres, leading him to him dropping out of the lead and eventually being passed by Max Verstappen - who started 10th - on his way to eventual victory. Leclerc later told RacingNews365.com that it felt like the right "impulse" at the time, but conceded that it was an area they needed to learn from and improve in the future. Vasseur said it was important for the team to not do any finger pointing and understand what the problems were to find a workable solution. "The most important thing is that when something is not working, is to try to understand why it didn't work. If it was [down to] a choice or the flow of information that the guy receiving," he explained. "Very often it's the flow of information that the guy received, it's not the decision of the individual to 'push on the button' or not. "For sure, when you start to struggle, it's even more difficult because sometimes the 'finger on the button' is moving around."

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