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VASSEUR Frédéric (fra), Team Principal & General Manager of the Scuderia Ferrari, portrait during the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2024, 8th round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship from May 23 to 26, 2024 on the Circuit de Monaco, in Monaco - Photo Florent Gooden / vasseur

Vasseur credits “pumped” Ferrari team for closing gap to Red Bull

VASSEUR Frédéric (fra), Team Principal & General Manager of the Scuderia Ferrari, portrait during the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2024, 8th round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship from May 23 to 26, 2024 on the Circuit de Monaco, in Monaco - Photo Florent Gooden / vasseur

Ferrari team boss Fred Vaaeur is bullish as his team flies to the Canadian Grand Prix, fresh from a P1 and P3 in Monaco for Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz respectively, hailing the team effort that has turned the Scuderia into title contenders again.

Red Bull and their ace Max Verstappen were fast out of the starting blocks again this year with Sergio Perez chiming in for three one-twos. But unlike last year’s dominance, they are beatable this year and twice it has been Ferrari doing the beating.

Jad Mallak reports in his Editor’s Desk that Red Bull have not dropped the ball. The RB20 is very, very good but Ferrari and McLaren have closed the gap in recent races. As teams finally get a handle on their packages, the aforementioned in particular, the gap has come don.

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Hence the optimism exuded by Vasseur in his Montreal F1 weekend preview: “Earlier this season, we went to Japan on a wave of enthusiasm following Carlos’ win in Australia and now we have that same feeling in Canada off the back of Charles’ triumph in his home race in Monaco.”

The F1 standings are looking better for Ferrari than they have in some time

2023 f1 standings after round 8 monaco gp

Regarding Canada, Vasseur added: “Everyone is pumped and prepared to the maximum for this Grand Prix. The Montreal track is very different to the one in the Principality, even if there are still some slow corners. But in general, it’s much faster, requires less aerodynamic downforce and there are more opportunities for overtaking.

“That doesn’t mean our approach to the weekend will change in any way. We are moving in the right direction on the technical front, on our strategy calls from the pit wall and in terms of how the team is working as one.

“Thanks to a lot of hard work, we have managed to further close the gap to the team leading both championships, but the gaps between us, McLaren and Red Bull are very close and so the slightest little detail can make the difference,” reckons Vasseur.

Last year after eight rounds of the constructors’ championship, Ferrari had scored 122 points and were down in P4. This year they are P2 with more than double of last year’s points and Leclerc has more points at this stage than he and Sainz had combined a year ago. Fred’s doing something right!

Big Question: Are Ferrari Formula 1 title contenders again?