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Vasseur: We could've done a much better job in Silverstone

Vasseur: We could’ve done a much better job in Silverstone

Vasseur: We could've done a much better job in Silverstone
Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur admitted the team failed to extract the maximum result from their package at the 2023 British Grand Prix.

From being the second fastest Formula 1 team at the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, Ferrari went tumbling down the order in the space of one week, beaten by McLaren, Mercedes, an Aston Martin (Fernando Alonso) and even a Williams (Alex Albon).

Despite looking good on one lap pace, the Reds didn’t manage to deliver a proper performance in the mixed conditions in which Qualifying at Silverstone took place, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz ending up fourth and fifth, but bad calls on tyre choices during the race, excessive tyre degradation, not to mention the Safety Car, meant Leclerc and Sainz were ninth and tenth at the chequered flag.

“Our plan was to do a one-stop race, running Medium then Hard,” Vasseur said after the race. “We pitted both drivers before the Safety Car, which definitely put us in a bad situation.

“However, we cannot just blame this episode to explain our finishing positions,” he admitted. “The start of the issue with us was on Friday when Charles wasn’t able to run in FP2 and so we only had a long run on the Soft from which we had concerns about degradation.

“That’s why we decided to go with Medium-Hard, which proved to be too conservative a choice as the degradation was lower than expected. That is an important lesson for us.

“We could have done a much better job here in Silverstone with the package that we have now,” Vasseur continued. “Next race will be Hungary, on a very different kind of track with hotter temperatures and being able to adapt the car package to the various tracks coming up will be a crucial element.

“We are continuing to develop the car and will have new parts soon but it’s so tight between P2 and P10 that the smallest mishap makes a big difference,” the Frenchman concluded.

Ferrari lacked the pace in Silverstone

Leclerc added: “We lacked pace today and it was a tough race. We stopped early and lost some positions as I struggled to get a good rhythm on the Hards.

“Then we stopped again, for a new set of Mediums, and I made up a couple of positions at the restart, but then got stuck in a DRS train behind Alex (Albon).

“We have some things to review, but our main focus will be to work on our race trim,” the Monegasque concluded.

As for Sainz, who won the British Grand Prix from pole in 2022 but was only tenth this year, he said: “It was a difficult race.

“We were not as quick as expected and as a consequence we were unable to fight with the cars ahead. I managed to extend the stint with the Medium tyres and with the Hard I was fast. Unfortunately, the Safety Car came out at the worst possible time.

“I did my best at the restart, but battling on old Hards against other cars with fresher tyres is very difficult here. I feel that better results have been slipping away from us lately, but we’ll keep working and pushing relentlessly, starting from the next race in Hungary,” the Spaniard concluded.

Ferrari are currently fourth in the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship with 157 points.