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Frederic Vasseur

Formula 1 employee

Frederic Vasseur
Credit: Renault Sport
Vital statistics for Frederic Vasseur
NationalityFRA
PositionTeam principal
TeamSauber F1 Team

Vasseur was brought into the new Renault works outfit in 2016 as Racing Director, despite a limited amount of F1 experience. Instead, he cut his teeth starting his own team in ASM and GP2. After only a short amount of time with the Renault squad, Vasseur left, and midway through the 2017 season he was hired by Renault as their new team principal.

Biography

After studying aeronautics and engineering, Frederic Vasseur dived straight in at the deep end to start his own racing team ASM, which participated in the Formula 3 Championship. Vasseur joined forces with Renault which allowed them to take a title in the junior series. ASM also took part in the F3 Euro series, becoming champions for six consecutive seasons, and raced successfuly in GP3 as well.

Moving up to GP2, Vasseur partnered with Nicolas Todt to create the ART Grand Prix squad, which has become a well respected and highly successful team in the series. They've taken many championships and helped promote the careers of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Vasseur is also head of the Spark Racing Technology company, which builds the Formula E cars for the electric racing series.

Ahead of the 2016 season, Vasseur was brought on board to the recreated Renault works team, becoming Racing Director of the F1 squad. The team endured a more difficult season than they would have hoped, and in early 2017 it was confirmed that Vasseur would be leaving the team. He admitted it was coming back after the Christmas break that made him realise it was time to leave. He said: “There was too different a vision in the management of the team. If you want to perform in F1, you need to have one leader in the team and one single way. If you have two different visions then the result is that the work inside the team is slow.”

Vasseur remained out of the limelight for the first few months of the year, but returned to Formula One in July. He was hired by Sauber as their new team principal, replacing the outgoing Monisha Kaltenborn.