Ferrari and Vasseur Head to Qatar
After the success in Singapore at the Marina Bay street circuit, Formula 1 has returned to the reality of the 2023 championship, with Max Verstappen’s triumph in Suzuka. This Sunday, Qatar is on the horizon, where the sport will compete for the second time in history, and the Maranello team is tasked with improving its performance on the iconic Japanese track.
The Lusail Circuit doesn’t seem particularly suited to the characteristics of the SF-23, but it has accustomed us to defying expectations (even in a positive sense). Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur has previewed the Qatar weekend, the stage for the fourth Sprint event of the season and the fourth night race of the year.
Fred Vasseur’s comments
“On paper, the Lusail track promises to be another severe test for the SF-23. From Zandvoort onwards, we have learned a lot about how to manage the package at our disposal, and in Qatar, we will do our utmost to put Charles and Carlos in a position to fight within the extremely competitive group that battles at every race, just behind the championship leaders,” said the Frenchman.
“We are heading to Qatar for the first time since the introduction of the new ground-effect generation of cars, and we will have only one practice session due to the return of the Sprint format. Therefore, the preparation work carried out at the factory and on the simulator will be even more crucial: we aim to arrive fully prepared. The goal, on this occasion as well, will be to secure a good haul of points that allows us to continue the fight for the second place in the Constructors’ standings.” – the Ferrari team principal concluded, ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix weekend.