Fred Vasseur doesn’t expect miracles at Silverstone
In the last two World Championship events in Montreal and at the Red Bull Ring, Scuderia Ferrari has shown signs of recovery, demonstrating greater competitiveness compared to the recent past, thanks to the updates that the Maranello team brought ahead of schedule on the SF-23. The aerodynamic revision of the car allowed Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to clearly be the second force on the track, with both managing to secure a position in the top 3.
Charles Leclerc finished second in the Sunday race, while Carlos Sainz finished third in the Sprint.
During a lengthy interview with Italian journalist Leo Turrini for Quotidiano Nazionale, team principal Frederic Vasseur jokingly commented on the date of Ferrari’s return to victory: “We’ll win when Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez take each other out” – chuckles the head of the racing department at Maranello – “maybe it will happen sooner than expected.”
The French manager then addressed the same question seriously: “We are all working towards that goal, of course. We have made progress; last Sunday in Austria, we were the second force behind Red Bull. Expectations for Silverstone? To be honest, with its fast corners, the English track is not the most suitable for us. On the other hand, there will be opportunities where we will fare better, like Budapest and Singapore.” – the Ferrari boss pointed out.
Technical market chapter
Frederic Vasseur also didn’t shy away from discussing the lively market concerning engineers, starting with the top technician poached from the competition: “I won’t tell you the name; we will do it when the person in question is free from their current commitments.” He then moved on to the delicate issue of Laurent Mekies: “There are negotiation logics, market things. But since Mekies announced that he would leave, rest assured that he has been excluded from information about our technical development.”
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The French manager then emphasized that the 2024 F1 project is already in the wind tunnel and that the current technical structure includes Enrico Cardile as Technical Director and Chassis Manager, Enrico Gualtieri heading the power unit department, and Diego Tondi in charge of aerodynamics. He concluded by mentioning the work at Ferrari: “There is pressure here that doesn’t exist elsewhere” and the trust between him and President John Elkann: “I feel it 100%.”