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Vasseur: We expect to be back on our usual form in Barcelona

Vasseur: We expect to be back on our usual form in Barcelona

Vasseur: We expect to be back on our usual form in Barcelona

Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur is optimistic regarding his team’s chances at this weekend’s 2024 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, expecting the Scuderia to be back on their usual form.

As Formula 1 gears up for the tenth round of the 2024 season, the Spanish GP, many are looking forward to this race which should be a leveler of form among the teams, especially the front runners – Red Bull, McLaren, and Ferrari – whose form has ebbed and flowed in the past few races, with Mercedes also joining the fight, having taken pole in Canada as the eight time F1 Constructors’ Champions look to confirm their pace in Barcelona.

There will be no place to hide in Barcelona, a track teams and drivers know very well, and the F1 car that goes well around it should be strong in general.

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After dropping the ball in the Canadian GP following their famous Monaco win, Ferrari are looking to return to competitiveness this weekend in Barcelona according to their boss Fred Vasseur.

Speaking in Ferrari’s race preview, Vasseur said: “The Spanish Grand Prix should see us return to being competitive, with the same level of performance we have demonstrated throughout the season prior to the Canadian Grand Prix.

“In fact, we come to Barcelona buoyed by the fantastic performance from our Ferrari Hypercar colleagues who have just won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the second year running,” he added, tipping the hat to Ferrari’s second win in a row at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ferrari learned valuable lessons from Canada

“We learned some valuable lessons from the Montreal weekend and feel we have now moved on from there,” the Frenchman pointed out. “We have to work calmly and continue to focus on ourselves.

“The Barcelona-Catalunya circuit has always been regarded as a great test of a car’s all-round ability and we expect to be back on our usual form here.”

But Vasseur remains wary of the tight margins all teams are playing within, he said: “However, all season long we have seen qualifying and the race fought out to the nearest hundredth of a second.

“So it will be vital for us to ensure we do everything correctly, down to the smallest detail. That will involve being on top of our game, because only by executing every session perfectly can we get the results we know we are capable of.”

The 2024 Spanish Grand Prix will be Carlos Sainz’s last home race as a Ferrari driver, and Vasseur hopes the Spaniard will fare well in front of his home fans.

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“This is Carlos’ home race and I’m sure all that extra support from the fans will be an added boost for him. It’s going to be an interesting weekend and we are counting on scoring plenty of points,” Vasseur concluded.

Ferrari are second in the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship, 49 points behind leaders Red Bull, as Charles Leclerc sits 56 points behind Max Verstappen who leads the Drivers’ Standings. Sainz is fourth.