The Head of Chassis at Scuderia Ferrari, Enrico Cardile, disagrees with Carlos Sainz regarding the inconsistencies of the SF23, reaffirming that the team has identified the weaknesses of the car and is working to improve them. In the drivers’ press conference, the Spaniard chose to abstain from making a prediction about Ferrari’s competitiveness at Zandvoort, remembering the debacle at the Hungaroring, which on paper should have favored the car.
Enrico Cardile disagrees with Carlos Sainz on the issues of SF23 inconsistency
“I don’t agree with Carlos,” the technician begins in the press conference dedicated to team representatives. “For us, it’s very clear what we got wrong with the car. The weak points are clear. It’s not about understanding what we should do now. For the future, it’s about providing a good product that can meet the goals we have. We’re not in the dark; we know what we need to do. It’s about finding the right content for the car and the right architecture to achieve the goal.”
In the first part of the 2023 Formula One season, the SF23 showed significant problems in maintaining the same pace over the course of the weekend, as any small variation in track conditions, temperature, wind, and other factors heavily affected the car’s balance.
This resulted in a car that was very fast in some instances but often lagged behind the other top teams in terms of results. Its fourth-place position in the constructors’ championship attests to this, with Ferrari even trailing behind the surprising Aston Martin.
“This car is consistent during race weekends in terms of behavior, but sometimes it changes from track to track,” Enrico Cardile continues. “In Hungary, we had difficulties, while in Belgium, the performance improved. At times, this happens, but then the car is consistent over the weekend, and we can work on it. On this track, we dedicated FP1 to specific tests, to better fine-tune our resources and gather data to improve the car’s behavior.” – the Ferrari Head of Chassis concluded, ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.