Fred Vasseur: “I want us to move up a gear”

Ferrari heads to Austria with the ambition to find some color after two difficult weekends; one marked by a double abandonment and the other by contact between teammates...

Published on 27/06/2024 à 11:04

Yannis Duval

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Fred Vasseur: “I want us to move up a gear”

Vasseur wants better at Ferrari. ©DPPI

Ferrari is coming off an extremely complicated weekend in Canada which ended in a double retirement. Eager to make up for it in Spain, we can say that the Italian team missed the mark; Charles Leclerc et Carlos Sainz could not do better than 5th and 6th place. The SF-24 almost appeared to be... the fourth force on the board, behind the two Mercedes.

The developments made during the weekend in Montmeló still seem to have given satisfaction in the Reds clan, according to Frédéric Vasseur, Ferrari team principal: “ The improvements introduced in Spain have worked as expected, but it is clear that our competitors have not been twiddling their thumbs, and at the moment there are four teams within three tenths of each other. » 

With the specifics of Spielberg's route, the French engineer believes that the battle could be even closer than last weekend (June 21-23) in Barcelona. “Now we have Austria, a circuit that takes just over a minute, so the aforementioned gaps could become even smaller. We will focus entirely on ourselves, because at Spielberg, every little detail can make the difference. »

Return of the Sprint weekend

The challenge is double for Ferrari. With the return of the Sprint format, Ferrari has the opportunity to make up for its previous two weekends in accounting terms. A task that promises to be, however, not as simple as that…

“The work carried out in Maranello becomes even more important (with the Sprint weekend, Editor’s note), since there is only one hour of free practice before qualifying, explains Fred Vasseur. Everyone on the team, including the drivers, has to be on top of their game to make sure we don't miss any opportunities that come our way. This goes for qualifying, especially against such strong opponents, but also for the way we are going to lead the race. I want us to move up a gear in Austria. 

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