Fred Vasseur (Ferrari) warns: No guarantees / Formula 1

Fred Vasseur (Ferrari) warns: No guarantees / Formula 1

Ferrari looked to be Red Bull Racing’s fiercest challenger at the start of 2024: two wins in Australia, five podiums, a middle place in the World Cup But Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur is not convinced.

Tifosi can be happy: Ferrari looks to put major problems with tire management behind them in 2023, Italians shine with speed and composure in first part of 2024 Formula 1 World Championship – Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc stand up five times. winner’s podium, with two wins in Melbourne highlighted.

So all is well at Ferrari? Team boss Fred Vasseur remains skeptical. The 55-year-old Frenchman says: “We can definitely say that our drivers can handle the tires better in the 2024 car. And we are not doing too badly in terms of wear – the best laps in Jeddah and Melbourne were achieved shortly before the checkered flag fall in. But none of this is a guarantee of higher results.

“But for me the question remains whether this development can be seen on every type of race surface and under all conditions. Let’s take China: There we will have a completely different asphalt and we think it will be less hot than in the race so far.

“So Shanghai will be a good test for us. Because we have driven in cold conditions only once so far, in the third training session in Japan. And the picture there was not clear because the rivals were running different programs, and in the end nobody knows which how much fuel was in the tanks and how much power was produced.

“We did a good job at the Japan Grand Prix. Now we have to make sure we make progress in the final practice to get a good starting position for the race.”

Japan-GP, Suzuka Circuit

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:54:23,566 h
02. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +12.535 seconds
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +20,866
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +26,522
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +29.700
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +44,272
07. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +45,951
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, +47.525
09. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +48,626
10. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Bulls Racing, +1 Round
11. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1 lap
12. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 Round
13. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 Lap
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), clean, +1 lap
15. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1 Round
16. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +1 Round
17. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, +1 Round
Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, Elektrik
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Crash
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Racing Bull, Crash

World Championship Standings (after 4 out of 24 Grands Prix)

the driver
01. Verstappen 77 points
02. Perez 64
03. Leclerc 59
04. Sainz 55
05. Norris 37
06. Plate 32
07. Russell 24
08. Alonso 24
09. Hamilton 10
10. Walk 7
11. Tsunoda 7
12. Oliver Bearman (GB) 6
13. Hulkenberg 3
14. Magnussen 1
15. Alboni 0
16. Zhou 0
17. Ricciardo 0
18. Okon 0
19. 0 gas
20. Bota 0
21. Sergeant 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 141 Punkte
02. Ferrari 120
03. McLaren 69
04. Mercedes 34
05. Aston Martin 33
06. Running Bull 7
07. Especially 4
08. Williams 0
09. Sauber 0
10. Alpine 0