Major Changes at Ferrari: Key Strategist Exits in 2024 Overhaul

Ferrari is parting ways with their previous chief strategist for the 2024 season with a major team reshuffle.


By Ben Bush
Updated on February 7, 2024

Major Changes at Ferrari Team in 2024

According to the publication Corriere dello Sport, Ferrari is preparing to bid farewell to their previous chief strategist, reporting that Inaki Rueda will depart the Formula 1 team before the 2024 season begins.

Rueda led Ferrari’s strategy team for two years until his replacement by Ravin Jain during the 2023 season. Although he had a role at Maranello last year, Rueda is set to leave the F1 team entirely. He maintains a positive relationship with the renowned Italian marque and may secure a different position within the company.

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Ferrari’s strategic choices have been a frequent subject of analysis and debate.

Last year, their decision-making was questioned during the Abu Dhabi and United States Grand Prix.

Despite these criticisms, Ferrari stood as the only team besides Red Bull to secure a Grand Prix victory in 2023. The restructuring in their strategy department aims to boost their competitiveness further.

‘Eighty new hires, half to replace departures’

Frederic Vasseur, Ferrari’s team principal, announced that 80 new staff members would soon join the F1 team. However, half of these recruits are set to replace a significant number of departures.

Notably, engineer Eric Meignan has moved to Renault. More significant is the departure of Laurent Mekies, whom Vasseur described as “a pillar of Ferrari.” Mekies has now officially taken up the role of team principal at AlphaTauri.

Drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are looking forward to the second year under Vasseur’s leadership, anticipating a stronger challenge for race victories and potentially the championship.


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