Ferrari thinking about 2024
We have now reached the halfway point of the 2023 Formula 1 championship: it is time for everyone to catch their breath, take stock, and decide what to do for the future. Especially this year, where the challenge for the top spot has never really started, the teams chasing Red Bull have wondered whether to think ahead to 2024.
According to Ferrari’s team principal, Frederic Vasseur, they have already started working on next year’s project weeks ago.
Despite the recent example of McLaren suggesting otherwise, Fred Vasseur believes that the current regulations of Formula 1 prevent making significant strides during the season, so it is better to start early with next year’s car.
Fred Vasseur’s words
“The main factor is the budget cap, which does not allow for a completely new project as it probably happened a couple of years ago. It means that you have to adapt your project to the situation, and under these conditions, I think we have made a decent step forward. It is also worth considering that the regulations are much more prescriptive than before, and it is quite difficult to make a big leap forward during the season. But we are already working on next year’s project, trying to correct the direction.”
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F1 without tyre warmers? Fred Vasseur skeptical
The team principal of Ferrari, speaking directly from Silverstone, also expressed some skepticism about the possibility of Formula 1 without tyre warmers: “I think that under normal circumstances, when we conducted the test – I believe in Bahrain – everything went quite well. But the concern arises when we go out on track in cold or extreme conditions: for example, this year we will go to Las Vegas and race at night, it could be as low as 4 degrees. In this case, what result would we get without tyre warmers? I think that in 95% of cases, we won’t have any problems. Pirelli is doing a good job: I believe a couple of teams have tested it and it went quite well, but we cannot predict what the situation would be in extreme conditions. We are waiting for the final report from Pirelli.” – the Frenchman pointed out.
The decision on whether or not to postpone the abolition of tyre warmers until 2025 will be made by the F1 Commission after the testing session that the Italian company will conduct today and tomorrow at the Silverstone circuit.