The Italian outfit has had a difficult first half to the 2023 season, with its automobile struggling to ship constant performances in races regardless of being fast over a single lap.
Ferrari has made good positive aspects with current upgrades and feels it’s starting to edge nearer to the dominant Pink Bull group.
Group principal Fred Vasseur thinks it’s now essential for Ferrari to ship a automobile that offers drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz extra confidence as a result of he thinks they’re unable to extract all of the potential out of it.
Reflecting on the opening part of the season, Vasseur told Autosport’s Italian sister site that lap time has been bleeding away as a result of the automobile’s dealing with doesn’t encourage religion.
“It wasn’t only a query of pure efficiency, as a result of one thing occurred that affected the drivers’ confidence within the automobile,” mentioned Vasseur.
“Whenever you enter a nook and you’ve got a lack of load aerodynamic, it additionally causes a lack of steadiness. Due to this fact, you begin to really feel understeer. Add the wind, from one lap to the subsequent which isn’t the identical, and by no means has the identical depth, and the difficulties add up.
“We do not have efficiency stability. So lap after lap we lose a little bit efficiency from our drivers, as a result of they by no means have the identical situations they usually lose confidence within the automobile.
“We now have to attempt to put the drivers extra on the centre of our priorities. It is not the best and even the quickest means [to progress] as a result of it could be a lot simpler so as to add downforce all over the place.
“But it surely occurs that from one weekend to the subsequent we’ve got very totally different performances. We now have good sensations in a single grand prix whereas, within the subsequent, it could possibly occur that we do badly.”
Frederic Vasseur, Group Principal and Common Supervisor, Scuderia Ferrari, within the group principals Press Convention
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No copying techniques
With sorting driver confidence now the precedence at Ferrari, Vasseur says it’s extra necessary that his engineers concentrate on the group’s personal automobile fairly than pursue copycat designs like rivals have achieved.
“We’re working to attempt to enhance the place we’re weak as a result of it’s the proper method in comparison with making an attempt to repeat another person,” he mentioned.
“The toughest a part of the job is knowing precisely the place the weaknesses are after which fixing them.
“From this perspective, we made a superb step ahead after Australia after which one other after Barcelona, even when there are nonetheless some weaknesses, particularly in excessive situations.
“Typically once you introduce a brand new bundle and you’ve got little time to attempt it, you wrestle to grasp for those who’ve used the unsuitable set-up. Perhaps you have been anticipating to earn a tenth and a half and then you definitely misplaced one tenth as a result of you did not have the right set-up.
“So when you introduce an replace, it’s important to grasp how it’s exploited. Then there may be additionally an influence associated to the situations, as a result of we’re nonetheless a little bit delicate to the wind, particularly when it is fairly robust like at Silverstone, which reached 50 km/h”.
Leclerc and Sainz have each been open that the SF-23 is difficult to drive on the restrict in gusts as a result of its efficiency could be unpredictable.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23
Picture by: Erik Junius
Explaining the problems at play, Vasseur mentioned that the attribute was not simple to take care of because it pertains to very particular situations.
“The automobile is just too delicate when there’s a diagonal wind,” mentioned Vasseur. “We’re working to attempt to enhance on this space, as a result of when the wind is head on we have no form of problem.”
Though the British GP was not an amazing race for the group, Vasseur has confidence that this weekend’s efficiency in Hungary might be higher.
“I can say that we go higher within the gradual corners and the 90-degree corners than within the longer corners,” he mentioned. “Not less than that is what we have seen up to now.
“We will hope for a pole place, however I believe the important thing issue might be the wind. Spa may be a observe that goes properly with the traits of our single-seater. There may be the Bus Cease chicane, and La Supply, and there are solely two high-speed corners.”