Vasseur staying put to build up Alfa Romeo team

Date published: May 30 2021

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur

Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur wants to sink his teeth into the challenge of building up the operation, rather than looking for something new.

Vasseur has served as managing director and CEO of Sauber Motorsport since 2017, alongside his role of team principal at their Formula 1 team, which currently competes under the Alfa Romeo banner as part of their deal.

In the past, Vasseur has been linked with moves away from the team – Mercedes and Renault had both been mentioned.

But instead, the Frenchman would rather stay put and focus on building up the Alfa Romeo Orlen team. The first major hurdle to clear in that quest is of course keeping both of those parties involved.

“Having a contact is fundamental to life in F1. When journalists ask me ‘have you talked to other drivers?’, I say ‘of course!’. We spend our lives together, flights, hotels, paddock, we see each other a bit everywhere,” he told Motorsport.com.

“Coming back to my role, the thing I think is most important is to build something, and I think with Alfa Romeo Racing and Orlen I have the chance to do that.

“The next 24 months will be crucial because we have the challenge of the new regulations and we have to renew the agreement with the sponsor. These are challenges, and if I can build something solid I don’t see any reason for me to change.”

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Asked where he sees himself five years from now, Vasseur joked that the “Paris Olympics” was his goal. But on a more serious note, he stated it all depends on his enjoyment of Formula 1.

The calendar continues to expand and so the only way he can continue to handle the increasing workload is if the passion is still there.

“On the one hand, the number of grands prix is increasing, it’s becoming more and more tiring, but the real motivation comes from the passion for racing,” he explained.

“The same for me, for you, for everyone in the paddock. As long as you have the passion, I think this is not a job, so…I guess we’ll go on a little longer.”

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