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Inaki Rueda replaced by Ferrari as head of strategy

The Spaniard will stay at Maranello and hand over his place trackside to Ravin Jain

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With F1 testing underway, as well as revealing some of the secrets of the cars for the 2023 F1 season, also served to get to know the new faces in the Formula 1 paddock with one coming on the Ferrari pit wall.

Until now, the Ferrari head of strategy was the Spaniard Inaki Rueda, who also holds the position of sporting director, a regular on the Scuderia’s pit wall in recent years. 

For F1 2023, however, his place will be taken by Indian engineer Ravin Jain, who assumes this position of special responsibility in the team’s race strategy in Bahrain.

Ferrari chief strategist Ravin Jain at 2023 F1 testing | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Binotto’s decision

Replacing Rueda was already planned by former Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto, and has been implemented by his replacement, Frederic Vasseur, who also experienced his first day on track as Ferrari‘s race chief on Thursday. 

Rueda‘s departure from the pit wall is one of the consequences of the turbulent 2022 F1 season in terms of strategy, which was one of the Italian team’s most recurring problems last year. 

Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur at 2023 F1 testing | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

That, along with engine issues that forced Ferrari to limit the performance of its power unit, with a resultant loss of performance and competitiveness in the second half of the 2022 season.

Ravin Jain has been part of Inaki Rueda‘s team in recent years at Maranello. 

In fact, he was one of the Spaniard’s closest men, who will continue to work on race strategy, but now from remotely from the factory in Italy.

John Smith
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