Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc is confident that the Maranello team’s upcoming shift in car concept for the 2024 Formula 1 championship has already received confirmation, and he has wholeheartedly endorsed Frederic Vasseur’s reconstruction efforts, as the Italian side targets a return to the top as soon as possible, following a disappointing 2023 campaign.
The SF-23 single-seater hasn’t met the expectations set by Maranello, yielding only a few podiums for Charles Leclerc and a single win for his teammate Carlos Sainz, who took advantage of Red Bull’s one-off in Singapore to take the race win. However, the prospect of challenging Red Bull for the championship title has yet to materialize.
During the Spanish Grand Prix, which was held back in June, the Italian side implemented a significant concept change, moving from the ‘bathtub’ sidepods first seen on the F1-75 last season to a ‘downwash’ concept more reminiscent of Red Bull. Further modifications are in the pipeline for the 2024 car, which will be the first vehicle entirely crafted under Frederic Vasseur’s leadership of the team.
Fred Vasseur, a Frenchman with a long-term vision for rebuilding Ferrari, has garnered Charles Leclerc’s full commitment. The Monegasque driver has wholeheartedly embraced the vision of his former 2018 Sauber team boss, as confirmed by the Ferrari driver in a recent interview:
“I always had 100% trust in Fred and on what he’s doing with the team in the long term. I’ve always been aligned and am sure that it is going in the right direction, but of course, Fred needs time. There are changes that are quite short-term or those that are very much long-term, so we just need to be patient, but I have no doubt that we are working in the right direction.” – Charles Leclerc pointed out.
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“I am looking forward to next year, but at the same time, with what we’ve learned in the last races, I’m really excited to be on track again and testing new things to hopefully learn more. In terms of results, it might not be as exciting as last year, but in terms of development and learning, there are lots of things that are planned for the next few races, not just upgrades but also in terms of understanding. If we manage to learn as much as we expect in the next few races, it’s super interesting, but first I’ll focus on this year, and then next year.” – the Ferrari driver concluded ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place next weekend.