Ferrari has had its worst start to a Formula 1 season since 2009, failing to score a single point in the first three races of the campaign. The team’s lack of performance compared to pace-setter Red Bull has prompted Carlos Sainz to suggest that the team may need a radical change. However, team principal Fred Vasseur dismissed rumors of such a move, explaining that Ferrari has a plan for three stages of upgrades over the next few months. Ferrari‘s preferred response to its difficult start to 2023 is to speed up the introduction of planned upgrades, rather than do something different with its car and start from scratch.
Vasseur believes that such a move would be too tough a task given the restrictions teams face with F1‘s cost cap and wind tunnel hours, although he is open to the idea of a different path with the team’s 2024 car if things do not improve. “We have a flow of updates that will come, not for Baku, but for Miami, Imola, not Monaco, and Barcelona. At each race, we’ll have an update on the car… We’re sticking to the plan… We will continue to update this one and we’ll try to update massively,” he said.
Although Ferrari‘s strategy this season may not involve any big concept changes, Vasseur is optimistic about the team’s progress. “We have made some adjustments in terms of balance and behavior… and we’ll continue in this direction… I hope that we are going in the right direction, that we have still tons of room for improvement on the car. It means that as long as we are still able to develop the car to get [downforce] points, and the aero to get a better balance, to get a better stability and so, I think it makes sense to push in this direction.”