James Allison left Ferrari, Ron Dennis was ousted at McLaren, Pat Symonds departed Williams, Paddy Lowe has bailed out of Mercedes, Dave Ryan could be out of a job period and now Renault seem to have dipped their toe into the lukewarm waters of team restructuring with the announcement that Frederic Vasseur is leaving the team.
“There was too much different vision in the management of the team, so at this stage it makes sense for me to leave,” Vasseur told Autosport’s sister title Motorsport.com.
“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.”
“We had a discussion straight after the end of last season, and we tried to find the best compromise and the best organisation for 2017,” he said.
“I took one or two weeks off and I made my decision in the first week of January. It is much better to stop right now”
No doubt some of the internal frustration was aired publicly as potential drivers for 2017, such as Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez, refused to join the team over what they said were management structure issues but perhaps Vasseur’s departure will bring harmony back to the team’s direction going forward.
Renault’s vision will be coupled with a new chance to regain their previous competitiveness and while many of the key personnel who delivered two titles back to back in 2005 and 2006 were poached long ago, the rebuilding is a critical point for 2017. The trouble is that Vasseur was part of that rebuilding as he was only with the team for a year.
Hat Tip: Autosport