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Formula 1: All team principals for F1 2024 season

Published at :February 12, 2024 at 1:09 PM
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Rahul Saha

Following another chaotic season with drama, friction, despair, and euphoria all taking centre stage up and down the paddock, there have been a raft of changes in the leadership roles leading up to the 2024 Formula 1 season. In this article, we’ll take a look at the current team principals for each team in the 2024 season. 

Red Bull Racing: Christian Horner 

Christian Horner‘s three consecutive Formula 3000 titles from 2000 to 2002 captured the interest of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. This eventually resulted in an offer from Red Bull for Horner to assume the role of team principal as the team made its Formula 1 debut in 2005.

Sebastian Vettel’s raw pace, coupled with Adrian Newey’s genius, helped land the team four consecutive driver’s and constructor’s titles from 2010 to 2013. Following Mercedes’ eight consecutive constructors’ championships, Red Bull Racing reclaimed the title again in 2022. This came a year after Verstappen narrowly secured his first drivers’ title, edging out Lewis Hamilton. The team continued its dominance in 2023, securing both titles well before the season’s conclusion.

Mercedes: Toto Wolff 

In 2013, Mercedes announced the appointment of Toto Wolff as the new team director for the Silver Arrows, bringing with him a 30% stake in the GP operation. Following the deal, Toto took over responsibility for the overall motorsport operations of the German manufacturer.

Under his leadership, Mercedes achieved an unprecedented eight consecutive constructors’ and seven drivers’ championships in Formula 1, with Lewis Hamilton winning six and Nico Rosberg winning his one and only title in 2016. Although the team has entered a recent slump, Wolff, at the conclusion of the 2023 season, penned a new contract extension, cementing his association with the German outfit for an additional three years.

Ferrari: Frédéric Vasseur 

Frédéric Vasseur took on the role of team principal at Scuderia Ferrari ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season, succeeding Mattia Binotto, who had overseen the Italian outfit’s fortunes since the start of the 2019 season. Before joining Ferrari, Vasseur served as the team principal and CEO of Motorsports at Sauber.

The Frenchman has a commendable record with valuable stints at Renault, Sauber, and Alfa Romeo. With a year under his belt now, a lot will be expected from the Ferrari team principal this season.

McLaren: Andrea Stella 

In 2015, Andrea Stella made the jump from Ferrari to McLaren. By the conclusion of 2022, he had ascended to the role of team principal at McLaren, succeeding the former team principal, Andreas Seidl.

The start of the 2023 season posed several challenges, but the Italian and his team eventually ended the season remarkably as the second-quickest car, despite finishing 4th last season. If they can replicate last year’s pace, it will be an exciting season for the Woking-based outfit.

Aston Martin: Mick Krack 

Luxembourgish engineer Mike Krack had a long career with BMW before his move to Formula 1. His career took off in 2001 when he joined Sauber after leaving BMW. In 2014, Krack made a comeback to BMW, where he assumed responsibilities for the Formula E, IMSA, and GT programs.

On January 14, 2022, it was officially declared that Mike Krack had taken on the role of team principal at Aston Martin F1, succeeding Otmar Szafnauer. In his two seasons with the team, they’ve shown great progress.

Alpine: Bruno Famin 

In February 2022, Bruno Famin became the head of the power unit program at Alpine. By July 2023, he had ascended to the position of vice president at Alpine, and since the Dutch Grand Prix last year, he has also been made the team principal.

Under his leadership, albeit for only half a season, Alpine secured a disappointing sixth place in the constructors’ championship, although Pierre Gasly managed to achieve a podium finish in Zandvoort. With no new technical regulations coming for 2024, one might expect them to catch up with the leading midfield pack this season.

Visa Cash App RB: Laurent Mekies 

In September 2018, Laurent Mekies became the Sporting Director at Scuderia Ferrari, and by 2019, the role had expanded to include the position of Head of Track & Performance Area. From 2021 onwards, Mekies served as the Racing Director and Head of Track & Performance Area for the Italian team.

In April 2023, it was announced that Mekies would return to his former team, Visa Cash App RB (formerly Alpha Tauri), this 2024 season. Mekies will be taking over from Franz Tost as the team principal on a multi-year deal.

Williams Racing: James Vowles 

James Vowles played a pivotal role in Mercedes’ unparalleled Formula One success from 2014 to 2021. During this period, the team secured eight consecutive constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ titles.

In January 2023, Vowles revealed he’d take on the role of team principal at Williams Racing. Despite much turbulence quite early into his reign, Vowles managed to secure the team’s best position in many years with a seventh-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship.

Stake F1 Team: Alessandro Alunni Bravi 

With the Stake F1 Team set to transition into Audi starting in 2026, Alessandro Alunni Bravi has been serving as the team representative rather than the team boss for the Stake F1 Team.

As of now, Alessandro Alunni Bravi is set to take on the responsibilities of team boss for Stake F1 Team during the 2024 season, while Andreas Seidl, the former McLaren team principal, will be working behind the scenes to prepare for the arrival of Audi in 2026.

Haas Racing: Ayao Komatsu 

Having started his career as a tyre engineer at British American Racing in 2003, Ayao Komatsu’s career progressed smoothly, leading to his becoming a chief race engineer in 2015. After starting his career at Haas in 2016 as a trackside engineering director, in 2024, following the termination of Gunther Steiner’s contract, he was elevated to the role of team principal for the 2024 Formula 1 season.

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