Scuderia Ferrari’s Team Principal, Fred Vasseur, has articulated a compelling strategy for the iconic team, emphasizing the need for a more opportunistic and efficient approach in the upcoming 2024 season.
Ferrari faced a setback in the 2023 season, slipping from their second position in the 2022 championship to a third-place finish. The team, battling against Mercedes for the P2 spot, encountered a series of unfortunate events that resulted in a significant loss of valuable points.
The duo of Ferrari drivers, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, encountered chequered flag issues on seven occasions, relinquishing nearly a hundred potential points. Vasseur asserts that such setbacks should not serve as excuses for substandard performance and underscores the team’s imperative to adopt a more opportunistic approach in the upcoming season.
Vasseur’s Perspective on Ferrari’s Performance
“For sure, we gave up more points than our competitors, and that means it is another topic that we need to work on for next year, to be more opportunistic and more efficient,” stated Vasseur.
Despite the challenges, Ferrari achieved a noteworthy feat in 2023. Carlos Sainz’s victory at the Singapore Grand Prix made Ferrari the only team, aside from Red Bull, to secure a race win during the season, although they fell short of claiming the coveted P2 spot in the Championship.
Charles Leclerc’s Disappointment with Ferrari’s 2023 Campaign
Ferrari’s star driver, Charles Leclerc, who has been with the team since the 2019 season, expressed disappointment over the 2023 campaign. Having harbored championship aspirations since his impressive rookie season with Sauber, Leclerc’s dreams of clinching a title with the Scuderia remain unfulfilled.
The Monegasque driver’s closest shot at a championship came in 2022, where he secured three wins before losing momentum after a crash during the French Grand Prix. Despite promising prospects for the 2023 season, Red Bull’s dominant performance and Ferrari’s misfortunes resulted in a third-place finish in the Constructor’s Trophy.
Leclerc, while experiencing highs with multiple podium finishes, lamented another year where the most successful team in F1 history failed to mount a serious challenge for the top position.
“After last year, we expected to come to this season and try and fight for the championship. However, after the first race, we straightaway understood how difficult it will be compared to Red Bull that had done a huge step forward, especially in race pace. We didn’t do the same step. So from that moment onwards, it was a bit disappointing,” reflected Leclerc.
It’s worth noting that Ferrari has not secured a Drivers’ Championship since Kimi Raikkonen’s triumph in 2007 and a Constructors’ Championship since Felipe Massa’s unsuccessful title charge in 2008. Notably, drivers such as Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, and Charles Leclerc have all finished as runners-up in the points table at least once since then.