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Vasseur Believes Ferrari Need to do a “Perfect Job” in Japan to Take on Red Bull

"We believe we have a competitive package, but we know we need to do a perfect job to beat our rivals," said Vasseur....

The last few weeks have been rife with conversation and debate over Ferrari’s true pace and ability to take on Red Bull in this year’s Championship. Did Ferrari win simply because of Max Verstappen’s brake failure? Or did they truly have the pace to do it? Frustratingly for fans and pundits, there is no concrete answer until we see a few more races starting with the Japanese Grand Prix.

Ferrari themselves are either also unsure about their true pace compared to Red Bull, or they are under-promising with the hope of over-delivering. Either way, they are going into the weekend with confidence.

“We head for Japan buoyed by our one-two finish in Australia,” team principal, Frederic Vasseur, told the media. “That winning feeling only serves to make us work even harder to try and experience it again as soon as possible.

“The Suzuka track provides a particularly stern test for cars and drivers, which is why it is so popular with them.

“We believe we have a competitive package, but we know we need to do a perfect job to beat our rivals.”

Major Updates for Red Bull, Minor for Ferrari

Rumours and singular reports from Scuderia Fans and have suggested that Ferrari are debuting a minor update at the Japanese GP in the form of a reworked floor. However, it has also been reported that Red Bull are introducing a major update in Japan.

Some reports suggest that the RB20 will appear in full “zero-pod” form at Suzuka, while others have suggested it’s a new floor. All we know for sure is that “the colour will be the same,” as Verstappen explained.

Either way, not only are they introducing upgrades, but they’re also doing so at a track whose high-speed sections highly favour their package. That’s not to say that Ferrari are without defence as their straight-line speed is still quite impressive, but if Red Bull find even more pace it’s hard to argue that Ferrari won’t need to do a “perfect job” to take them on.

60% Chance of Rain on Race Day

Ferrari are completely prepared for rain on race day and it’s more likely than not to occur though to what degree is still unknown. Regardless, Ferrari’s aim is to be at the front in Japan.

“As always in Japan, and this year in particular as it’s the first time we race at Suzuka in early Spring, the weather could play its part, but we have prepared for this possibility back in the factory and we are determined to be front runners,” added Vasseur.


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