This season, Ferrari has grappled with the unpredictable performance of its SF-23 car, an inconsistency that has undermined driver confidence due to the car’s unpredictable handling characteristics.
Since the Spanish Grand Prix, the introduction of several upgrades to the vehicle has noticeably improved the situation. Last weekend’s Austrian race, which saw additional updates, left Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc feeling confident.
Nevertheless, Sainz remains tentative regarding the extent of improvement and believes that the British Grand Prix could provide crucial insight into their progress. When questioned by F1 Flow.com about the vehicle’s consistency, Sainz responded: “We are unsure. Perhaps a more challenging windy circuit like Silverstone would give us a better assessment.
“We typically encounter more problems under windy conditions, as experienced in Miami and Baku, as well as during some races. Therefore, to gauge our improvement and the effectiveness of our upgrades, we need more samples.
“All I can say is that the car felt better in Austria, both over a single lap and during the race. However, we also performed well in Austria last year, so I’m maintaining caution and allowing the season to progress to gain a comprehensive analysis.
“But I’m proud of the team’s response and the recent surge of upgrades.”
Leclerc concurs, considering Silverstone an excellent opportunity for Ferrari to ascertain if the recent car modifications have achieved the desired effect.
Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari
Photo by: Mark Sutton / F1 Flow Images
“Since Barcelona, the overall feeling has been improving,” he stated. “Although we couldn’t substantiate this at other circuits post-Barcelona, the Austria race confirmed the positive vibes, and the pace was slightly improved compared to the early season, which is encouraging.
“It demonstrates some progress. However, we need to keep our expectations in check. Red Bull is still way ahead, and I believe this weekend’s track will further highlight our weaknesses.
“We may face a tougher challenge than in Austria. Nonetheless, the overall performance and pace have undeniably improved.”
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Sainz indicates that the Spanish GP provided Ferrari with a clearer idea of the development direction they should pursue.
“During the Spanish GP weekend, testing some elements in the car helped us understand our shortcomings better, and how to address them,” he explained.
“This has provided us with a clear development path, and I believe we’re now reaping the benefits. I’m confident we’re heading in the right direction.
“Have we made a decisive turnaround? I’m optimistic. But as I mentioned, we need more samples, possibly from a windy weekend, even if it may intensify our struggles.”
Additional report by Matt Kew
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ferrari F1 Performance
What is Ferrari’s main issue this season?
Ferrari has been struggling with the unpredictable performance of its SF-23 car. This inconsistency has undermined the drivers’ confidence due to unpredictable handling characteristics.
Have any upgrades been made to Ferrari’s car?
Yes, several upgrades have been introduced to Ferrari’s SF-23 car since the Spanish Grand Prix. These improvements have significantly improved the car’s performance, especially noticeable in the Austrian race.
What is Carlos Sainz’s perspective on the car’s current performance?
Carlos Sainz remains cautious and believes that more time and testing, especially under challenging conditions like those at Silverstone, are needed to fully assess the extent of the car’s improvement.
What is Charles Leclerc’s opinion on the recent car updates?
Charles Leclerc agrees with Sainz that the recent updates are showing improvements. However, he cautions against overoptimism, acknowledging that rivals, like Red Bull, are still far ahead.
What was the breakthrough in Barcelona?
The Spanish Grand Prix offered valuable insights into the car’s weaknesses. Testing some elements during this event helped Ferrari understand their shortcomings better and provided a clear direction for development.