Frederic Vasseur revealed that Ferrari are pushing like hell, to get upgrades ready for their SF-23 and try to get their 2023 Formula 1 season back on track.
Vasseur’s statement comes ahead of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, as the F1 circus travels to the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya for Round 7 of the season, where Ferrari are set to debut some much needed upgrades on their SF-23.
Having slipped to fourth in the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Standings, behind both Aston Martin and Mercedes, Ferrari are under fire, to say the least as their Championship drought continues for the 15th season now. The team have struggled to make any real progress on Sundays so far this season, as their excessive tyre wear issues from 2022 still plague them.
The Maranello squad have opted to skip their car upgrades for the Monaco Grand Prix last week, and instead look to unleash them in Barcelona this weekend, an F1 venue that provides a true test for car performance and upgrades.
Performance not only from the car, it’s the whole operation
Speaking to the media in Spain, Vasseur discussed Ferrari’s upgrades, he said: “We are pushing like hell at the factory to bring an update as quick as possible because we are not happy. I think the results we have today are not the target and we want to do better. We will continue to develop in any case.
“The target and the important mindset that I have to push for is to do a better job tomorrow than today. As soon as we are able to analyse that we have weakness on the car, on the approach of the team or in the garage, we put all of our effort to fix it,” the 55-year-old explained.
“It would be a mistake to imagine the lack of performance is coming from just the [aero],” the Frenchman added. “Performance is coming from everywhere; the capacity to produce parts quickly, the strategy, the pit wall, the mechanics, the pitstops, the reliability.
“Every single employee of the company is a performance contributor,” Vasseur, who replaced Mattie Binotto at the helm of the Scuderia, concluded.
Charles Leclerc was on pole last year in Barcelona but failed to finish the race with car problems. Carlos Sainz started third and finished fourth.