Ferrari and Charles Leclerc heading to Silverstone
On “enemy” territory, Scuderia Ferrari will find out if the development direction they have taken is the right one. The improvements seen in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and especially in Spielberg at the Red Bull Ring in terms of race pace need to be replicated on a track that eats tires and doesn’t suit the behavior of the SF-23 single-seater, which has always struggled in fast corners.
In this decisive test, there are two important variables: the first is Charles Leclerc, always capable of pulling off magnificent performances at Silverstone, where he came close to victory in 2021 and 2022, and probably would have achieved it last year with more careful pit wall management. These are the words of the Ferrari driver at the press conference.
Charles Leclerc’s words
“I think since Barcelona, the feeling is going in the right direction. We couldn’t find it in Barcelona, but in Austria, the pace was much better compared to the beginning of the season, and we had good sensations. This is positive because it means there has been progress, but we shouldn’t let ourselves be carried away by enthusiasm. Red Bull is quite far ahead and stronger. I believe this track can highlight our weaknesses, and it’s likely that we might struggle more compared to Austria, but in terms of pace, I think we have taken a step forward.” – the Monegasque driver pointed out ahead of the British Grand Prix.
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The second variable that concerns Ferrari is the new Pirelli tires, for which team principal Frederic Vasseur has great confidence regarding their performance on the SF-23: “Can they help? I’m not certain yet,” concluded the Monegasque driver. “I think during the free practice sessions, it’s very important to evaluate this aspect and understand how much of a difference they make in terms of degradation. We need to figure out if there is a need to adapt the car to these new constructions. We’ll see; we still can’t know if it will be a benefit or a weak point.” – the Ferrari man pointed out ahead of the Silverstone event this weekend.