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Vasseur: Culture at Ferrari similar to Renault and Sauber

Frederic Vasseur has joined Ferrari after acting as Team Principal at Renault (now Alpine) and Alfa Romeo.

Frederic Vasseur believes the culture at Ferrari is similar to his previous roles at Renault and Alfa Romeo, following his move to the Scuderia at the beginning of January. The Frenchman joined Renault in 2016, then later moved to Sauber as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer alongside his role as Team Principal. Discussing the differences in culture, Vasseur suggested that the atmosphere is similar at Ferrari compared to his previous two teams. "For sure everything is a bit bigger, everything is a bit more up to date, but you can feel the same atmosphere at the end of the day because it's a racing team," he told media, including RacingNews365.com . "The atmosphere that they had in Enstone, at Sauber or Ferrari, I would say that it's not completely different – that motivation is the same and my job description is exactly the same, I just have to give them all the support to do the job in their best condition."

Vasseur: Ferrari in better shape than when I joined Sauber

Sauber is currently amidst a transitional period with Alfa Romeo set to leave as a main title sponsor in 2023, while Audi will be coming in as their main partner in 2026. The German carmaker has already acquired a minority stake in the team , while installing Andreas Seidl in as CEO during the off-season. Given that Ferrari have endured some issues throughout the 2022 season, Vasseur believes that the team are in a much better position than when he joined Sauber in 2017 prior to the Alfa Romeo link-up. "When I joined [Sauber] it was a bit different because I knew the facility and the factory from the past, and from the relationship we had in the last five or six years that it was not completely unknown for me," explained Vasseur. "If you want to speak about [the] simulator, for example, Ferrari is in a much better shape than Sauber was – on every single area I think they are a bit more advanced. "But it's difficult to say, 'Okay, it's crystal clear that the [performance] gap is coming from this'."

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