Ferrari’s “best weekend of the year” was at Monza, where the Prancing Horse posed a threat to Red Bull. Frédéric Vasseur is pleased with Sainz’s progress.
After the Italian Grand Prix, which saw Red Bull take a one-two finish ahead of the two Ferraris driven by Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, Frédéric Vasseur spoke positively about the weekend at Monza. The French team principal made himself available to the media during a post-race press conference in the Ferrari motorhome.
The Monza podium, achieved after a race led by Carlos Sainz for the first 15 laps, represents, for Fred Vasseur, the result of the “best weekend of the season.”
“It was overall the best weekend of the year,” Fred Vasseur explained. “We had a strong pace throughout the weekend, and the qualifying session was also the best since Baku.”
The lack of a strong aerodynamic load and a well-prepared setup propelled Ferrari to its sweetest race of 2023. In the fifteenth round, they engaged in their first real battle with the Milton Keynes rivals. “It was the first time we were able to compete with Red Bull,” noted Fred Vasseur. “Their pace was very strong, but we managed to stay in the race for a good part of it.”
He then highlighted the performance of the Ferrari driver on the podium, Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard celebrated his 29th birthday with his first podium of the season. “For Carlos, it was also the best weekend of the championship. And I’m not just saying this by looking at the qualifying and the race, but especially considering the weekend’s preparation. He made progress,” Fred Vasseur concluded.