Ferrari parted ways with senior member Iñaki Rueda as reports on the team’s ongoing restructuring efforts

As the 2024 Formula 1 season draws near, Ferrari is bent on to implement strategic changes for the team’s betterment. Recent reports reveal a drastic change in the name with the departure of the renowned sporting director, Inaki Rueda of the Italian team.

While various conspiracy theories surround the circumstances of his exit, Fred Vasseur has also emphasized the reasons behind the Italian’s departure.

Iñaki Rueda leaves Ferrari after 10 years

There have been a wide variety of speculations spreading about Ferrari dismissing Inaki Rueda from the team, although the actual scenario was a bit different from the rapid rumours spread among the F1 spectators.

Rueda was Ferrari’s chief team strategist for about six years, starting from 2015 to 2021. He was quickly promoted to the position of sporting director. However, the team’s decision to promote the Italians faced a lot of criticism, as per the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, which stated that Rueda made a lot of unnecessary decisions that proved not to be beneficial to the team at all.

Considering his repetitive decisions, he was quickly replaced by Ravin Jain at the beginning of the 2023 F1 season for the position of sporting director. Ferrari has decided to restructure the team all over again to ensure its victory next season, which unfortunately included pushing Rueda into a dead-end job so that he willingly leaves the team. At the end, the plan worked, and Fred Vasseur is hopeful to gain its dominant pace once again on the grid.

Fred Vasseur is still reorganizing Ferrari internally

Fred Vasseur is determined to work towards improving his team and developing the structure of the team as well. The team principal has been mentoring the group for seven months now, with only one win by Carlos Sainz in the 2023 season.

To break the dominant curse of Red Bull, the Frenchman wants his team to progress effectively in the upcoming season, improving their machinery and adaptability on the track. Vasseur stated, “We are miles away because when you are doing my job, you don’t have to imagine that there is a perfect structure.”

“You need to be permanently forward, basically—you always need to improve and always need to change things. If you stay with the same structure for two years in a row, then you are dead because all the others will improve.”

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