F1 Boss Encourages Team to Capitalise on 2023 Season’s Finish

Ferrari's team principal, Frederic Vasseur, emphasises the importance of leveraging the momentum from 2023 as the team enters 2024.


By Ben Bush
Published on February 15, 2024

Frédéric Vasseur 2024 Team Launch

The 2023 season was a rollercoaster for the Maranello squad, highlighted by being the only team besides Red Bull to achieve a race victory, thanks to Carlos Sainz taking a win in Singapore.

Despite showcasing potential, the team grappled with inconsistency and mechanical issues, narrowly missing the runner-up position in the constructors’ standings to Mercedes by a mere three points.

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With a notable upturn in performance towards the season’s end, including seven podium finishes, Vasseur is adamant that Ferrari must maintain and build on this positive trajectory into the upcoming season.

Vasseur sets sights on 2024

In a conversation with Sky Sports during the unveiling of the SF-24, Vasseur remarked, “We have to build up 2024 on the last part of the 2023 season. We had a good second part of the season last year.

“We have [to also be] focused on the weaknesses of 2023 and to be much more opportunistic in terms of points scored. We’ll be focused on this.”

The Frenchman also commented on what he thought would happen this season after he was given a crystal ball last year.

“I’m still not able to see something on the crystal ball because they didn’t give me the manual!

“But we need to continue the progression that we had at the end of the 2023 season. We need to be able to score more points, to be more performant for sure but to be more efficient. [It] was probably the biggest weakness of last year.”

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