In the last 10 races of the 2023 World Championship, Ferrari will bring a further modified SF-23 to the track. The objective will be twofold: to recover ground on the direct rivals in the standings and to work towards the 2024 season.
The numbers from Maranello: 5, 55, 10, 24.
In the meetings at Maranello, after the Belgian Grand Prix and before the forced summer break, four numbers are circulating. The “5” represents the points that separate Scuderia Ferrari from Aston Martin in the constructors’ championship. The goal is to regain third place in the next two races scheduled in the Netherlands and Italy.
The second number circulating in Maranello is “55”. This is precisely the number of points that separate Ferrari from Mercedes in the constructors’ standings. Here, the plan involves a “slow” approach to the German rivals, with a tight marking strategy in races, specifically designed to mount a comeback. The aim is to halve the gap over the course of four races: Zandvoort, Monza, Singapore, and Suzuka, and then launch the final attack in the remaining six GPs.
The third number is “10,” which represents the races remaining until the end of the championship, and they will serve the entire team to prepare for the next season, the “24”. But what SF-23 single-seater will we see after the summer break? According to sources close to the Scuderia, there is a final step of development for the car to be introduced at the home Grand Prix in Monza. The availability of the first parts in the Netherlands is still uncertain, but if so, they can be mounted only on one of the two cars. The choice should fall on Charles Leclerc, as he is ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz in the drivers’ standings.
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The updates will focus on further aerodynamic refinements in the underfloor and rear sidepod area and a different geometry of the rear suspension to better exploit the tires and make them work optimally. These interventions will be crucial to regain ground in the standings and will also be very important for the 2024 Formula One season. The main goal is to collect as much data as possible to finalize the design of next year’s Ferrari Formula 1 car, which, from September, will enter its final and most crucial phase.