Ferrari Pursues Red Bull Amid High Expectations

Ferrari’s team boss, Fred Vasseur, reflects on the team’s performance in 2022, acknowledging that initial expectations may have been too high, but expressing satisfaction with the team’s progress and work ethic, and optimism for future improvement in all areas.

Highlights

‣ Ferrari were close to finishing second in the constructors’ championship, which would have been a significant financial boost for the team.
‣ Ferrari’s team boss, Fred Vasseur, acknowledges that the team’s expectations were too high at the start of the season, but praises the team’s reaction and progression throughout the year.
‣ Vasseur is happy with the work ethic at Ferrari, noting improvements in reliability and production speed, but emphasizes the need for improvement in all areas, including aero and engine performance.
‣ Despite not making major changes to the car during the season, Vasseur is satisfied with the team’s improved understanding and setup of the car, and sees room for further improvement in the future.


Ferrari was just a whisker away from securing second place in the constructors’ championship. Financially, this would have been quite the boon. But the Italian team’s aspirations go beyond mere monetary gains. After 2022, there were whispers of hope that Ferrari might be able to go toe-to-toe with Red Bull Racing. The Italian press even hinted at a possible world title. Alas, that didn’t pan out.

Ferrari’s team boss, Fred Vasseur, reflected on the season with GPblog and others. “I think the level of expectation was a bit too high at the beginning of the season,” he admitted. The reality of the situation dawned on them after a few laps in Bahrain, and even a few simulator laps before the race. But Vasseur was quick to highlight the team’s resilience. They had a tough time after Jeddah, Miami, Spain, and Zandvoort. Yet, they managed to make a significant leap forward collectively.

Vasseur wasn’t just talking about catching up with Red Bull when he mentioned ‘progression’. He was referring to the work ethic within his team. “The performance is coming from everywhere in the company,” he said. The ability to produce parts quicker, better reliability, these were all factors. But they did lose too many points for various reasons. Reliability issues, team disqualifications, and impeding in quali were all areas they needed to work on.

But Vasseur wants more. He wants improvements in aero, the engine, and every other aspect. He doesn’t believe in fixing one thing and expecting a massive leap forward. The most important thing, according to him, is that all 1,000 team members believe they can contribute to the performance and push the limit.

In the end, Vasseur is “more than satisfied”. The car didn’t undergo significant changes between Zandvoort and the end of the season. They had an upgrade in Japan, but essentially, it was the same car. Yet, they managed to do a much better job. This, to Vasseur, suggests a better understanding of the car, better setup, and a better approach from the drivers. It means there’s room for improvement everywhere. And this feeling is a good one to build up something for next year.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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