Incoming Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur is adamant that he will be able to run the Formula 1 team "as I want" in 2023.
Former Sauber team boss Vasseur was selected as Mattia Binotto's replacement after a promising start to 2022 failed to yield a championship for Ferrari amid repeated strategic and operational errors.
Vasseur has been tasked with steering the Scuderia to their first World Championship since their 2008 Constructors' crown, something that the last three Ferrari bosses, stretching back to Stefano Domenicali, have failed to do.
Internal politics have not helped, but Vasseur is confident that he will be able to run the race team as he sees fit within the larger Ferrari company.
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"The situation is quite clear, the [F1] team is part of the big organisation of Ferrari," Vasseur told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked about his authority.
"I have a CEO and the situation is crystal clear.
"Even last year at Sauber, I had to report to the chairman of the group, you are always going to have a boss, and that is not a new situation for me.
"Now that I'm running the team, I will have the delegation to do it and do it as I want.
"I have enough discussion with [managing director] Benedetto [Vigna] and [chairman] John [Elkann] on a daily basis to discuss the key points.
"It is crystal clear and it is working perfectly."
When pushed further by RacingNews365.com, Vasseur expanded on his relationship with Vigna - who has been with Ferrari since mid-2021.
"What I found is that I have a very direct relationship with Benedetto, we have dinner two or three times a week and are on the phone every single day," he explained.
"The organisation of the team at the end [of the day] doesn't matter to me if communications or commercial is reporting to the group or to me.
"We have a direct collaboration that will work."
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