Despite the Continuing Frustrations, Ferrari TP Frederic Vasseur Clings On to Glass Half Approach: “We Will Focus on…”

Published 06/07/2023, 5:00 AM EDT

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From this upgrade, we are expecting a step forward,” following the launch of Ferrari’s most recent modifications, an upbeat Frederic Vasseur made this statement in an effort to accomplish the team’s intended ambitions. However, he quickly added that the upgrades “[won’t be] a huge one but a step forward also to open some doors for the future in terms of development.” The remark unequivocally demonstrates the deluded state of the Maranello squad, which, after attempting a tricky Spanish GP, is still in a position to do some serious analysis. Nevertheless, when he was asked about what the team has made up of the upgrades so far, the 55-year-old comes up with a glass-half approach.

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Following the practice at the Barcelona Circuit, where the Scuderia had abandoned their in-wash strategy and leaned more toward a Red Bull-style downwash, the Prancing Horse brought in some vital modifications. Ferrari claims that the sole purpose of doing this was to enhance and concentrate the rear wing’s flow conditioning. In addition, the side also brought in a new floor.

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Despite all these adjustments, Ferrari’s performance on the Spanish circuit was still not particularly outstanding. Why? The squad failed to produce tangible benefits even after receiving these considerable improvements. While Carlos Sainz failed to take advantage of the strong qualifying results, Charles Leclerc had a terrible weekend. The Monegasque ended up having to deal with the tire wear issue and the handling of the car to a much larger extent and was forced to start his race from the pitlane[P19], finishing in P11 at the end of the race.

When formu1 a.uno  asked to the team boss Frederic Vasseur what the Maranello side has learned from the upgrades, the 55 years old took a glass-half approach as he said, “We’ve taken a step forward in the car’s potential since Miami. We put Carlos in the front row.” The Frenchman nevertheless continues to hold that the single-lap pace must be transformed to race day in order to finally close the gap to their present competitor Mercedes, who has made some significant changes to their upgrades after the Monaco GP.

While adding further, Vasseur said, “We took a step forward compared to Aston, but there is still a long way to go compared to Mercedes between Qualifying and the race and we will focus on finding performance in the race.”

Numerous problems have afflicted Scuderia. The team faced significantly more problems than the previous year, but this year, aside from a fluctuating pace, tire wear has been an annoying pain. Frederic Vasseur reveals more about the issues affecting the team in an interview with racingnews365.com.

Frederic Vasseur explicitly discusses Ferrari’s issues and outlines the main problem

Ferrari was Red Bull’s lone title rival in the previous year, and more specifically, Charles Leclerc was dominating the driver standings during the first half of the year. Ferrari, though, lost the championship due to errors made at regular intervals. However, the Prancing Horse’s performances this year aren’t any better. And now, following a bizarre Spanish Grand Prix, Frederic Vasseur has chosen to draw attention to the Ferrari’s primary flaw.

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He said in a conversation with Racingnews365, “We are there in qualifying, and we are not there in the race. We are still inconsistent on the same car between compounds and sometimes between the same compounds. We have 1,000 people [working] on this now and it is very difficult to understand and to fix it because it’s not always the same.”

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Later, the Frenchman added, “The main issue for us is not the potential on the lap on [high-speed] corners, the main issue is the inconsistency.”

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The Prancing Horse hasn’t moved up to the top position this season. The squad only won a podium in Azerbaijan. Do you believe Ferrari will soon overcome their myriad problems and reclaim the top spot?

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of writing experience. He developed a keen interest in the sport after the unforgettable Abu Dhabi 2021 race. As a graduate of a premier institute, Aditya is committed to producing high-quality content that is engaging, informative, and accurate.
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