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Frédéric Vasseur

Frédéric Vasseur (born 28 May 1968 in Draveil, Ile-de-France) is a French motor sport engineer and manager with a long career managing Formula-series teams. He is the managing director and CEO as well as team principal of the Switzerland-based Sauber Motorsport AG.

Frédéric Vasseur
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Born (1968-05-28) 28 May 1968 (age 51)
Draveil, Île-de-France, France
Known forTeam Principal of the Renault F1 Team (2016-2017)
Team Principal of the Sauber F1 Team (2017-2018)
Managing Director & CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG (2017-)
Team Principal of the Alfa Romeo Racing (2019-)


Vasseur studied aeronautics and engineering before starting his career in the junior Formula-series creating his own team, ASM.[1] Known for his success and fostering talent he eventually moved on to Formula 1 as race director and eventually team principal for Renault F1 before leaving the team in 2016 because of different visions in managing the team to that of the team's senior management.[2] Subsequently, he was hired by Sauber in July 2017.


Vasseur graduated from ESTACA and founded the ASM team in 1996 which, in partnership with Renault, won the French Formula 3 championship with David Saelens in 1998, and the Formula 3 Euroseries championships in partnership with Mercedes-Benz with Jamie Green, Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Romain Grosjean, from 2004 to 2007.

ART Grand PrixEdit

In 2004, he joined Nicolas Todt to form the ART Grand Prix team that won the GP2 Series championship with Nico Rosberg in 2005 and Lewis Hamilton in 2006.

Spark Racing TechnologyEdit

At the end of 2013, he obtained the contract from the FIA to construct the 40 chassis for the inaugural Formula E series for his newly formed venture Spark Racing Technology; the company has continued to keep this contract.[3]

Renault Sport F1 TeamEdit

Vasseur joined Renault Sport to as team principal of the newly formed Renault Sport Formula One Team during the 2016 Formula One season. He resigned at the end of the 2016 season after disagreements with the managing director, Cyril Abiteboul, on how the team should be run.

Sauber F1 TeamEdit

On 12 July 2017, Sauber announced that they had signed up Vasseur as managing director and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG as well as team principal of the Sauber F1 Team.[4]


  1. ^ "Frederic Vasseur". F1 Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Analysis: Blow for Renault as Vasseur leaves "by mutual consent" ahead of 2017 F1 season". James Allen on F1. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ Golson, Jordan (9 September 2014). "What You Need to Know Before the First Ever Formula E Race This Weekend". Wired. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
    - O'Kane, Sean (13 February 2017). "New concept images show just how crazy Formula E's race cars will look next year". The Verge. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
    - Biesbrouck, Tim (13 February 2017). "Spark Racing Technology releases first concept images of new Formula E car". Electric Autosport. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. ^ "The Sauber F1 Team announces Frédéric Vasseur as the new Team Principal". 12 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.