Charles Leclerc says Ferrari have a “very totally different” automotive challenge for 2024 and their current understanding of their 2023 automotive confirms they’ve made “sensible choice”; Fred Vasseur optimistic Ferrari will not repeat Mercedes’ error; watch the Japanese GP on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend
Final Up to date: 20/09/23 6:43am
Charles Leclerc says Ferrari’s 2024 F1 automotive shall be “very totally different” from their 2023 challenger and hopes current learnings concerning the SF23’s weaknesses will guarantee subsequent yr’s automotive is extra profitable.
After a season blighted by inconsistency and Leclerc and team-mate Carlos Sainz struggling to get a deal with on their 2023 automotive, Ferrari have had an upturn in kind within the final two races.
On Sunday, Sainz received in Singapore to ship Ferrari their first win for the reason that 2022 Austrian GP and that got here on the again of a 3rd and fourth-placed end for him and Leclerc on the Italian GP.
Leclerc hopes the current studying and additional checks the crew can do within the remaining seven races of this season will guarantee Ferrari hit the bottom operating in 2024.
“We learnt a lot throughout Monza particularly about our weaknesses,” Leclerc stated within the build-up to the Singapore GP weekend.
“After Monza we understood extra issues that are good for this yr despite the fact that will probably be a small step in the appropriate course however principally for designing subsequent yr’s automotive which is optimistic.
“Initially the 2024 challenge could be very totally different to the automotive we have now this yr. And with the whole lot we have learnt thus far it reaffirms that it is a sensible choice what we have gone for subsequent yr.
“The extra we study, the higher it’s for doing the previous couple of particulars for subsequent yr’s automotive. It is tremendous essential and it was actually good to grasp that earlier than the top of the season as we nonetheless have fairly a number of races so we will perhaps push a bit extra in that course.
“There have been issues we examined in Monza to be sure that it was actually the case, and it was. So Zandvoort and Monza we learnt quite a bit and that’s good for this yr despite the fact that I do not assume it can flip our season round, for positive not. It is a good step forwards and for subsequent yr this can be a actually good step forwards.
“It is going to be simple to say that we have understood the whole lot now. We understood good issues in the previous couple of races, whether or not that is all or not it is tough to say till we have truly achieved our growth programme and confirmed it was that. So I am not assured that is the whole lot we needed to discover to shut the hole to Crimson Bull nevertheless it’s a step in the appropriate course for positive.”
Vasseur optimistic Ferrari will not repeat Mercedes’ error
With Ferrari embarking on a brand new philosophy for 2024, crew principal Fred Vasseur is assured they won’t endure an identical destiny to what Mercedes have had this yr.
Following a stronger end to the 2022 season that included a win for George Russell in Brazil, the Silver Arrows opted to stay with their “zero-sidepod” idea for 2023.
Nevertheless, their lack of efficiency at the beginning of the yr noticed Mercedes make the choice to ditch their philosophy after the season-opening Bahrain GP, with a serious redesign arriving in Monaco.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits their W14 stays a “shock field” as they begin growing subsequent yr’s W15, however Vasseur is optimistic the learnings Ferrari are making from the SF23 will stand them in good stead for 2024.
“I desire to do good outcomes than unhealthy outcomes,” Vasseur stated. “For positive this may assist for the longer term – it is a greater understanding of the automotive, higher understanding of the set-up of the automotive.
“I’d say primarily it’s a step forwards by way of confidence for everyone and that is the easiest way to organize the longer term.”
Nevertheless, Vasseur harassed Ferrari should not get forward of themselves in considering they are going to instantly be world championship contenders as there may be nonetheless a spot to make as much as recurrently be difficult Crimson Bull for victories.
He continued: “I feel we have now to remain calm. We all know that after we had a troublesome [run of results] to not draw conclusions that the whole lot goes badly and that we have now to alter the whole lot and it isn’t that after two weekends that we’re world champion.
“We’ve got to remain calm, we have to hold the identical method, to try to develop step-by-step. However there may be nothing magic on this enterprise and you will not discover a bullet for 4 or 5 tenths – if you wish to do a step you need to do tonnes of small steps and it’s what I feel I’ve appreciated into the course of the crew after a troublesome weekend.
“And likewise into the boldness, as a result of I feel it was most likely in Zandvoort that we unlocked one thing on the understanding of the set-up and we construct up the tempo of Monza, a part of this in Zandvoort, and doubtless a big a part of the tempo this weekend.”
Sky Sports activities F1’s reside Japanese GP schedule
Thursday September 21
- 5am: Drivers’ Press Convention
- 10.30am: Drivers’ Press Convention repeat
Friday September 22
- 3am: Japanese GP Observe One (Session begins 3.30am)
- 6.45am: Japanese GP Observe Two (Session begins 7am)
- 8.45am: The F1 Present: Japan
- 10am: Japanese GP Observe One highlights
- 11.15am: Japanese GP Observe Two highlights
Saturday September 23
- 3.15am: Japanese GP Observe Three (Session begins 3.30am)*
- 6am: Japanese GP Qualifying build-up*
- 7am: Japanese GP Qualifying*
- 9am: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book
- 9.30am: Japanese GP Qualifying highlights
Sunday September 24
- 4.30am: Grand Prix Sunday: Japanese GP build-up*
- 6am: THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX*
- 8am: Chequered Flag: Japanese GP response*
- 9am: Ted’s Pocket book
- 9.30am: Japanese GP race replay
- 12pm: Japanese GP highlights
*Additionally on Sky Sports activities Primary Occasion
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