Ferrari Will Not Scrap 2023 Car ‘Concept’

Ferrari Will Not Scrap 2023 Car 'Concept'
Ferrari Will Not Scrap 2023 Car 'Concept'

Frederic Vasseur has defended Ferrari’s 2023 car, playing down reports the Maranello-based team needs to scrap the basic ‘concept’.

“In Australia, we took a different development direction and I think it worked,” he said.

The Frenchman said his drivers were “not far off” in qualifying in Melbourne, while in the race they were “very unlucky”.

“Carlos (Sainz) recovered by pushing on the tyres and in the end he was close to Hamilton and Alonso. That’s why I say that the direction we have taken looks good.

“But let’s wait for Baku, because what works on one track doesn’t always works on the next.

“The problem in Melbourne was not the potential of the car, but the ability of the team to extract it.”

Therefore, Vasseur insists that the basic concept of the 2023 car will be retained – especially because under the budget cap provisions it is “not impossible” but “certainly very difficult” to change direction in an extreme way.

“We believe we still have a lot of room for improvement with the car, and as long as we find aerodynamic load, balance and stability with development, we will continue in this direction.”

However, he revealed that Ferrari has some limited capacity to “speed up the process” of bringing car updates to the car.

“But we certainly cannot overturn our plan,” said the Frenchman. “The wind tunnel hours are limited so it’s very difficult to think of starting from a blank sheet.

“With the budget cap it is unthinkable to change everything. There will be new parts in Miami but not in Baku where we will have the low load package.

“Between Miami, Imola and Barcelona we will have some updates but we will try to respect the initial plans. We will not have a B car. We will continue to develop this car concept.

“Then at a certain point we will evaluate whether to continue to evolve the current concept or whether to take a radically different path for 2024.”

Want to save this information for later?

Comments

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

More in News

Red Bull Internal Battle Could Hand Title To Ferrari

FIA And Formula 1 Announce 2025 F1 Season Calendar

The FIA and Formula 1 have announced the 2025 F1 ...
McLaren Hid Innovative 'Mini Wing' At 2024 Car Launch

Fleeing McLaren Chief On Way To Struggling Alpine – Rumour

Alpine might soon get a much-needed technical boost in the ...
F1 Australian Grand Prix 2024

Ice-Cream Venture Won’t Be F1 Distraction – Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc insists he remains fully committed to Formula 1 ...
F1 Australian Grand Prix 2024

Carlos Sainz Says ‘Still No Idea’ About 2025 F1 Employer

Carlos Sainz says he still has "no idea" which Formula ...
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Barcelona Still In Post-2026 F1 Contract Talks

Barcelona is not giving up on Formula 1, despite Madrid's ...

Trending on F1 Chronicle