Just three weeks stay for the 2024 F1 season to start and there’s a lot of chatter about the driver market. We have already witnessed a serious driver switch with Lewis Hamilton switching to Ferrari for 2025. This switch has additionally opened up the driver market for a chaotic foolish season. On the different hand, there was some controversy at Red Bull with their long-standing staff boss Christian Horner. As issues stand, Horner remains to be the staff principal of the champion outfit, although that might change. Regardless, here’s a listing of all the 10 F1 staff principals for the 2024 season.
Christian Horner – Red Bull
Christian Horner has been the staff principal of Red Bull Racing ever since its inception in 2005. He is presently the longest-serving staff boss in F1 after Franz Tost retired from being AlphaTauri/Toro Rosso’s staff boss at the finish of final 12 months. Horner has been one of the key management pillars for Red Bull, contributing to their dominant success in F1.
The streak of 4 consecutive championships from 2010 to 2013 and the present streak of titles since 2022 is undoubtedly nice for the Briton’s resume. However, the current controversy of “cross-border conduct” in opposition to a Red Bull Racing worker could turn out to be an unpleasant chapter in Horner’s story.
As per the newest updates, the (*1*) is occurring and should go on for weeks earlier than they resolve on Horner’s destiny.
Toto Wolff – Mercedes
Toto Wolff could be thought-about one of the star personalities of the F1 paddock. Wolff is the staff principal and CEO of the Mercedes F1 staff. Besides being the boss, the Austrian additionally owns a 33% stake in the staff alongside different stakeholders like INEOS and Mercedes-Benz themselves.
Thus, Wolff is an integral half of the Silver Arrows and never simply their staff principal. Currently, the 52-year-old is dealing with a giant personnel problem, together with his lead driver Lewis Hamilton leaping ship for subsequent season. Thus, the Mercedes boss has to evaluate choices for Hamilton’s 2025 substitute.
Frederic Vasseur – Ferrari
Frederic Vasseur acquired his large promotion final 12 months by turning into the staff principal of Scuderia Ferrari. Having served as the staff boss at Sauber/Alfa Romeo beforehand, Vasseur’s managerial and management capability was by no means in query. At Ferrari, it acquired additional validation with the method he dealt with issues.
Vasseur is now aiming to convey glory again to the Italian outfit. For the identical, the Frenchman has made some enormous strikes, together with signing Hamilton for 2025.
Besides, Vasseur additionally ensured to increase Charles Leclerc‘s keep at Maranello “for a number of seasons”. The 55-year-old appears formidable and aggressive to guide the Prancing Horse to the F1 championship after a 17-year hiatus.
Andrea Stella – McLaren
In the identical merry-go-round of staff principals at the finish of 2022, when Fred Vasseur acquired the Ferrari function, Andrea Stella acquired the promotion at McLaren. Having served as the Performance and Racing director, the Woking staff trusted in Stella’s management talents.
And their belief was repaid when the Italian led their unbelievable in-season turnaround in 2023. Stella is now aiming to spice up McLaren into race-winning and championship-winning rivalry. He has assembled a potent technical staff of key engineering recruits from Red Bull and Ferrari. This could assist the Papaya staff to construct on their 2023 momentum.
Mike Krack – Aston Martin
Mike Krack undertook the staff principal function at Aston Martin when the staff was in turmoil in 2022. From there on, Krack has managed and led the staff brilliantly to spice up them into podium rivalry.
(*10*)With their technical chief Dan Fallows’ brilliance and proprietor Lawrence Stroll’s funding, Krack is growing Aston Martin effectively. Whether he can turn out to be as profitable as Toto Wolff or Christian Horner, solely time will inform. For now, his management is exhibiting outcomes on the monitor.
Bruno Famin – Alpine
After an unceremonious axing of Otmar Szafnauer halfway by final 12 months, Bruno Famin grew to become the interim staff boss at Alpine. Before becoming a member of the French staff, Famin labored with Peugeot Sport and even the FIA.
His unique function at Alpine was overseeing the general engine growth for all of the model’s motorsport packages. After the chaotic restructuring, he acquired concerned in a extra hands-on capability in the F1 staff. Currently, Famin is serving each of his roles – the VP of Alpine Motorsport in addition to the staff principal for Alpine F1.
James Vowles – Williams
From being well-known for “Valtteri, it’s James” radio messages at Mercedes to having an awesome debut 12 months as the Williams staff principal, James Vowles has had the full circle in F1. Vowles has completed a unbelievable job of pushing a backmarker staff like Williams to complete P7 final season.
In the long run too, Vowles is making an attempt his finest to improve the infrastructure at the Grove-based staff to make them aggressive as soon as once more. Knowing the insights into how a high championship staff works, the former Mercedes technique director is implementing all that knowledge at Williams.
Alessandro Alumni-Bravi – Sauber
After Fred Vasseur’s exit, Sauber haven’t precisely appointed a staff principal. Alessandro Alumni-Bravi is their staff consultant whose function is kind of the identical as a staff principal, simply not his designation. In their stop-gap staff rebrand as Stake F1, Sauber is trying to gear up for their large Audi takeover in 2026.
Besides former McLaren staff principal Andreas Seidl, who’s the staff’s CEO, Alumni-Bravi is managing issues effectively at the Swiss staff. At their 2024 automobile launch, Alumni-Bravi gave an concept of how the staff is adopting a daring and aggressive strategy for 2024 and 2025. They would hope it really works effectively for them to turn out to be aggressive alongside Audi post-2026.
Laurent Mekies – V-CARB
After leaving his function as sporting director at Ferrari, Laurent Mekies signed up for a promotion as staff principal at AlphaTauri, now rebranded as V-CARB. Mekies is trying to lead the Faenza-based staff beneath its new identify with some nice ambition.
Similar to James Vowles, Mekies isn’t any stranger to how a high F1 outfit works. Thus, to spice up RB into the midfield, his previous expertise shall be useful. Alongside another key names akin to Alan Permane (from Alpine) and Tim Goss (from the FIA), Mekies has acquired nice management assist to enhance V-CARB.
Ayao Komatsu – Haas
Having a core engineering background, Ayao Komatsu has been working in F1 for over 20 years. At Haas, the Japanese engineer served as the chief race engineer initially earlier than turning into the trackside engineering director.
After Guenther Steiner’s sudden sacking, Komatsu was promoted to the staff principal function in January 2024. Certainly, Gene Haas trusts in his benefit and management talents. However, Komatsu has given some deflating however practical statements on how the American staff could battle in the preliminary half of 2024.
For the long run, he’s trying to make a technical overhaul of the staff. This ought to ideally assist them get higher efficient upgrades, one thing Haas has all the time struggled with.