With the start of the 2024 F1 World Championship just around the corner, Ferrari reopened its doors yesterday. The mandatory winter break, which started Christmas, as imposed by the regulations, has come to an end, and full-scale work has resumed in Maranello.
Despite the typical news that has accompanied Ferrari’s winters for years, the atmosphere in Maranello seems calm this time.
For once, the spotlight has shifted elsewhere. Mercedes, with the Wolff – Ben Sulayem incident, and partially Red Bull after some bold statements from Max Verstappen.
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Contract Renewals: Here’s When
In addition to work on the 2024 Formula 1 car, Maranello is also addressing another front – contract renewals.
Both drivers for the Scuderia will see their contracts expire at the end of this year. The desire to continue is there, both for the Monegasque and the Spaniard. So, what better opportunity than the car presentation day, scheduled for February 13, to announce the renewal of both?
This is the rumour reported by the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, suggesting that an announcement can be expected on the day the 676 project is revealed to the public.
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Ferrari 2024: It’s No Longer Worth Waiting
Now that the settling-in period is over, the 2024 Formula 1 project will be the first under Fred Vasseur’s management. As will be the team that takes care of it. Throughout 2023, the Frenchman consistently emphasized that the renewal of the two drivers was not a priority. It wasn’t then, but what about now?
Despite rumors suggesting that the 2024 Ferrari might be faster by a whopping 7 tenths compared to 2023, the renewals of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc would be a good starting point.
While it’s true that a driver seeking confirmation can often find that extra tenth, the same doesn’t quite apply to the two in red. In this case, it’s better to talk about stability. Maranello could use some of that.