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Ferrari’s 2024 F1 Challenger to Change “95% of Components” from 2023

Ferrari are hoping for a big step in 2024 after a disappointing 2023....

Ferrari announced their 2024 F1 challenger will be unveiled on February 13th, but elsewhere team principal, Frederic Vasseur, stated that “95% of the components” will be changed. Whether this translates into on track gains is anyone’s guess, but the team understand that a large step has to be made to close the gap to Red Bull.

Vasseur first explained to the media that he joined the team just six weeks before the first race in Bahrain and so was playing a large game of catch-up. During this period, he received advice that didn’t help at all.

“Everybody told me that, ‘You will see at Ferrari that you start the season very well and then it’s going down,’” he said.

“And trust me, after Jeddah or Melbourne, I said, ‘What the f***? If this was the good part of the season, we will be in big trouble.’

“The perception that you have from an external point of view of Ferrari is probably wrong. When I was outside, I was always thinking that the team would overreact to every single event.

“But the team was very, very calm after Melbourne. We were cautious of the situation and the weakness of the car.”

When the Frenchman was asked whether next year’s car would be a revolution, he hesitated to go so far, but confirmed that the car would see significant changes.

“I don’t know if revolution is the right word,” Vasseur continued. “We have the same regulations now three years in a row that you can’t change massively. It’s a matter of tenths of a second.

“For sure, we have to do a step on that, we don’t underestimate the step. We are changing 95% of the components, perhaps you can consider that it’s a revolution, I don’t know if it will be.

“The expectation is that we are focused on ourselves, we are doing a good step forward. But in the end, it’s always a matter of comparison, you can improve by 100 steps but if the others are improving by 120 you will look stupid.”

Both Leclerc and Sainz are reprising their roles as teammates for the fourth year running and Vasseur stated that both had heavy involvement in the development of the new car.

“They had a lot of involvement into the development of the car from the beginning. They are quite pleased with the situation.

“It’s important to have them on board from the beginning. Carlos and Charles were both quite exhausted after the season. They said, ‘Okay, we’ll have a break for the next two, three weeks, and they will be back on the 9thor 10th of January.’

“And I think it’s good also for them to manage their time. It will be even worse or more difficult next year.”


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