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Ferrari Revamps F1 Trackside Strategy with New Appointment for 2023 Season



Ferrari New Trackside Strategy

As the 2023 Formula 1 season approaches, Ferrari’s head of race strategy has transitioned to a factory position, resulting in a new appointment for the trackside role.

Inaki Rueda joined Ferrari in 2014 as head of race strategy and added a sporting title to his portfolio in 2021.

Ravin Jain has been appointed as the person in charge of trackside strategy for Ferrari in 2023, with Inaki Rueda moving to Maranello to provide support to the team in a sporting capacity.

Jain has spent his entire six-year Formula 1 career as a race strategy engineer at Ferrari, having previously undertaken placements at the team, as well as Williams and Caterham, while pursuing his studies at the University of Oxford.

Jain’s promotion to a prominent position is impressive and suggests the trust that Ferrari’s current staff has in his abilities, as well as the new boss Fred Vasseur’s confidence in his appointment.

In addressing the strategy issues to the media, Vasseur has been cautious not to single out any individual or group.

When discussing strategic challenges, Vasseur has frequently alluded to “the most apparent part of the iceberg,” implying that the in-race decisions witnessed were only the tip of a much larger and complex problem.


At Ferrari’s launch event last week, Vasseur stated, “Although we will make some minor tweaks, you must understand that the strategists are just the visible portion of the iceberg when it comes to strategy.”

Ferrari Revamps F1 Trackside Strategy with New Appointment for 2023 Season

“Strategy is not solely reliant on a single person pressing a button, but rather it encompasses software, the team at the factory, processes on the pitwall, and much more,” Vasseur further explained.

As the primary figure in charge of strategy, Rueda represented the “iceberg” at Ferrari, as he was the most visible representation of the other intricate aspects involved in strategic planning and execution. However, Vasseur emphasizes that strategy is a comprehensive concept and not limited to any one individual.

Upon joining the team, Vasseur acknowledged that it would be presumptuous to implement personnel or structural changes too soon, but he did suggest that adjustments to the strategic set-up would be made for the beginning of the season.

Given this context, the reorganization of personnel is not particularly unexpected. However, the key question is whether there are deeper issues within the Ferrari framework that Vasseur still needs to confront and resolve.

As Vasseur stated last week, “It’s a fundamental aspect of our sport that you must continuously strive for progress in every single aspect.”

“This principle is not exclusive to Ferrari or any other team, nor is it limited to any particular department. We must always aim to perform better tomorrow than we did today,” Vasseur emphasized.

“Whether we’re talking about strategy, tire management, or any other area, this principle applies universally. Even if we address a problem for the next five races, I am still eager to improve and strive for better performance because, in the end, what happened in the past doesn’t matter,” Vasseur explained.


“It’s crucial to remember that whether we win or lose in Bahrain, it will not be the determining factor for the entire championship,” Vasseur noted.

Vasseur emphasized that it is vital to maintain our focus and mindset, recognizing that the championship is a lengthy journey consisting of 23 races. The results in Bahrain will not be the only determining factor for the outcome of the entire championship.

Vasseur concluded that in order to enhance performance in every single aspect, one must always strive for improvement and never be satisfied with their current standing, as there is always the potential for progress and better results.

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