Lewis Hamilton’s switch to Ferrari has sparked speculation about a possible domino effect involving some of Formula 1’s leading figures.
Among them is Red Bull’s Pierre Wache, the technical director whose position appears vulnerable due to Hamilton’s new alignment with the storied Italian squad.
Pierre Wache, who has been integral to Red Bull since joining as chief engineer in 2013, is reportedly being eyed by Ferrari, a team that has had him in its sights for a while.
Despite turning down an offer from the Maranello-based team previously, the allure of Ferrari has been significantly boosted by Hamilton’s decision to join, positioning the team as a formidable contender with its lineup from 2025.
La Gazzetta dello Sport has indicated that Wache is in the midst of negotiations over compensation with Ferrari, recognized for its 16 world championships, pondering a significant career move.
His deliberation is partly due to the ongoing scrutiny surrounding Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, who is currently under investigation for claims of inappropriate management behavior.
Wache’s potential transfer to Ferrari is seen as a strategic win for Fred Vasseur, highlighting Wache’s critical contribution to Red Bull’s success, especially in the engineering and design of their championship-winning cars.
With Adrian Newey assuming a less hands-on role, Wache’s influence within the team has become increasingly paramount.
“For those thinking, this could either be concluded today or possibly in advance of the Red Bull launch, which is the 15th of February next Thursday, well that isn’t a certainty.
This is not going to operate as I understand it to a Formula One timetable, it will operate to a timetable appropriate to get a clear and fair solution for both parties.”
Ferrari’s acquisition of Lewis Hamilton has not only put Red Bull on alert but also Mercedes.
With Loic Serra making the move to Maranello, there’s growing speculation that Andrew Shovlin and Pete Bonnington, closely associated with the seven-time world champion, might also be on Ferrari’s radar due to their connections with Hamilton.
The uncertainty surrounding Horner’s situation at Red Bull could delay Wache’s decision. According to Craig Slater’s report for Sky Sports News, the resolution of Horner’s investigation might align with the season’s commencement in Bahrain, leaving Wache in a state of anticipation regarding his next move.