Charles Leclerc has hailed Frederic Vasseur for the way the new Ferrari boss has managed to stamp his authority on the Formula 1 team.
Vasseur joined the Maranello concern in January as the replacement for Mattia Binotto who left his role following a promising 2022 campaign which fizzled out due to repeated strategic, reliability and operational mistakes by the team.
Then-Alfa Romeo boss Vasseur - who worked with Leclerc during his rookie year in Grand Prix racing in 2018 - was appointed and, whilst the team have made decidedly fewer strategic blunders in 2023, the SF-23 car is lacking in performance.
Despite a difficult start to the season for Ferrari, which has included dramatic design changes to the car to increase their competitiveness, Leclerc has praised Vasseur for his impact on the team.
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Leclerc explains Vasseur impact
"At first, it was a very smooth introduction, he gets into the team and he doesn't want to make huge changes," the Monegasque told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"That is not what we need, it's slight changes that go in the right direction in terms of the way he thinks, and the way he put that target within the team I think is amazing.
"Then he has been very clear that he wants to strengthen the team with new people, which is always important as it gives a different point of view with people that are going from other teams.
"There are loads of small changes that are being made, and for me, I've always had an amazing relationship [with Vasseur].
"We've been working together in the junior categories, in my first year in F1, so he knows me very well.
"He's also very honest with me, which is something that I really like and which I'm sure will help me along."