Italian journalist and motorsport expert Giorgio Terruzzi spoke about the final round of the 2023 Formula 1 championship, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in the latest issue of Autosprint magazine, praising Charles Leclerc’s progress in the final part of the season, which could be crucial for the 2024 outlook.
Giorgio Terruzzi’s words
“A positive end to the season for Charles Leclerc, who now relies on the technicians at the Scuderia to finally have a championship-winning Ferrari in 2024, with him as a mature leader,” Giorgio Terruzzi began.
“With five full seasons with Ferrari F1 behind him, Charles Leclerc now has all the tools to confidently aim at bringing the championship back to Maranello after finishing fourth in the just-concluded championship.”
2023 Ferrari assessment, with an eye on 2024
He then commented on Scuderia Ferrari’s season: “The balance, looking at the numbers and the standings, seems more red than the Scuderia. However, Leclerc ended on an upward trajectory, rectifying a season that was essentially bitter, with some particularly gloomy days at the end. Enough to relaunch, to look ahead with a rediscovered confidence, assuming, we don’t know for how long, expressing love for the Prancing Horse will be enough.” – the Italian journalist pointed out.
“Charles: very practical even in Abu Dhabi. A burst of energy, as usual in qualifying, when he seemed out of the noble plans. Crucial to staying ahead on Sunday, for a race all about pace, without the usual tire struggles, despite racing on a track with higher temperatures than Las Vegas,” he added.
The journalist praised the Monegasque driver’s mental form: “With a touch of rationality and control in the end when he attempted the impossible by letting Pérez go, with the idea of allowing him to neutralize the 5-second penalty imposed with excessive zeal by the usual federal scolds. An extreme move to give Ferrari second place among the Constructors, a result achieved in 2022 and missed in 2023. Something that offered the measure of a mental form of the highest order, reminiscent of a similar attitude shown by Carlos Sainz at the end in Singapore.” – motorsport expert Giorgio Terruzzi concluded.